Sappi Names Veronica Hagen CEO of N.A. Unit
Sappi Fine Paper North America is the leading North American producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Boston, Sappi Fine Paper North America is known for innovation and quality. Its brand names Lustro, Strobe, Opus, Somerset, and McCoy are some of the industry's most widely recognized and specified. SFPNA is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE:SPP), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations in eight countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at: www.sappi.com.
____________________BOSTON (October 18, 2004) - Sappi, (NYSE: SPP) the world's leading manufacturer of coated fine paper, today announced that Veronica "Ronee" M. Hagen, currently Chief Customer Officer of Alcoa Inc, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America, effective November 1, 2004.
Prior to the role of Chief Customer Officer, Hagen was the Business Unit President of Engineered Products for Alcoa with full profit and loss accountability for twenty-one operating plants. She was elected an officer of Alcoa in 2000. Before Alcoa, Hagen, owned and operated Metal Sales, a privately-owned business that sold ferrous and nonferrous metals, as well as metal processing and fabricating equipment. She sold her business in 1996 and joined Alumax as Executive Vice President. In 1998 she became part of Alcoa with Alcoa's acquisition of Alumax.
"With a solid track record in operational management and commercial leadership, Ronee Hagen comes highly qualified to lead one of Sappi's most important businesses," said Jonathan Leslie, Chief Executive Officer of Johannesburg headquartered Sappi Limited. "She has proven global business leadership skills and experience and this, combined with her strong focus on world-class customer service, change management and team building will enable her to take Sappi's North American business forward."