North America leadership team

Mike Haws

Mike Haws
President and CEO

Mike Haws was named President and CEO of Sappi North America in 2019 and is responsible for leading all Sappi operations in the region. Previously he was the Vice President, Manufacturing responsible for the Somerset, Cloquet and Allentown operations as well as the Research and Development facility. Mr. Haws joined Sappi in 2012 as Managing Director of the Somerset Mill. Prior to Sappi, he held a variety of operational roles with Verso Paper, International Paper and Champion International. Mr. Haws has over 30 years of experience in the paper industry and holds a BS in Paper Science and Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Anne Ayer

Anne Ayer
Vice President, Pulp Business and Corporate Development

In addition to managing the Dissolving Pulp business and Pulp sales for North America since 2015, as well as leading Strategic and Corporate Development initiatives since 2006, Ms. Ayer became responsible for Logistics and Operations Planning in 2018. Ms. Ayer joined Sappi in 1996 and has served in a variety of roles, including Vice President, Fiber Resources and Corporate Development and Chief Information Officer. Prior to Sappi, Ms. Ayer worked as a Consultant at the Monitor Company, a strategic consulting firm. She has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology from Harvard.

Bob Bertolami

Bob Bertolami
Vice President, Procurement

Bob Bertolami became Vice President, Procurement in 2018 and is responsible for leading North America’s Pulp, Wood and Central Procurement initiatives.  He joined Sappi in 2002, assuming roles with increasing responsibility in Central Procurement.  Prior to his career at Sappi, Mr. Bertolami served in leadership roles in procurement and manufacturing at Polaroid Corporation, including several plant director positions.  Mr. Bertolami has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bob Forsberg

Bob Forsberg
Vice President, Graphics Sales & Business Development

Bob Forsberg became the Vice President, Graphics Sales & Business Development in 2005. In addition to his current duties, he has assumed responsibility for Inside Sales for the Graphics, Packaging, and Specialties businesses. Mr. Forsberg began his career as a Sales Representative with Sappi in 1985 and has served in a variety of positions in Coated Sales and Marketing, including Regional Sales Manager, Atlanta, Category Director, Utility Brands and Catalog Segment and Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic. Mr. Forsberg has a BA in Economics and Art History from Bowdoin College and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advance Management Program.

Deece Hannigan

Deece Hannigan
Vice President, Packaging and Specialties Business

Deece Hannigan was named Vice President, Packaging and Specialties Business in May 2017. Mr. Hannigan’s responsibilities include leading the Packaging and Release business units together with Supply Chain and Inside Sales. Mr. Hannigan began his career with Sappi as a sales representative in 1988. He has since served in a variety of leadership positions in Coated Sales, Specialties, Marketing, and Manufacturing. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Coated Paper and Packaging. Mr. Hannigan is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science.

Mike Schultz

Mike Schultz
Vice President, Manufacturing

Mike Schultz was appointed as the Vice President of Manufacturing for Sappi North America in September 2019. Mike joined the Cloquet mill in 1990, serving in several roles at the mill, most recently as Managing Director. Mike played a key role in the construction of the pulp mill during the 1990s and in 2011 to 2013 managed the highly successful conversion of the pulp mill to produce dissolving pulp. During Mike’s tenure the mill achieved an impressive environmental and sustainability record and surpassed over one million hours without a lost time injury five times. Mike holds a BS in Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Annette Luchene

Annette Luchene
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Annette Luchene was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2004. She is accountable for all finance, treasury and accounting functions, in addition to leading the Information Technology and Lean Six Sigma organizations. Ms. Luchene joined Sappi in 1996 as Director of Management Accounting and then Director of Finance. Prior to her time at Sappi, she spent ten years with Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco and Ply Gem Industries, where she worked in various accounting and finance positions. Ms. Luchene has an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.

Sarah Manchester

Sarah Manchester
Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel

Sarah Manchester was named Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel of Sappi Fine Paper North America in 2006. She is responsible for leading the human resources and legal functions as well as government affairs and corporate communications. Since joining Sappi in 1997, Ms. Manchester has held a variety of roles, including Assistant General Counsel and Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to her time at Sappi, Sarah was an associate at the global law firm, Ropes & Gray. She has a BA in History from Dartmouth College and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller
Chief Business Sustainability Officer

Jennifer Miller was named Chief Business Sustainability Officer in 2015 and is responsible for identifying growth opportunities through expansions into current and adjacent businesses as well as her sustainability leadership. Ms. Miller joined Sappi in 1996 as Vice President and General Counsel and since that time, has held several leadership positions, most recently as Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications. Before joining Sappi, she served as Vice President of Rates and General Counsel for Boston Gas. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and a JD from Cornell Law School.