Sappi Europe leadership team
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Wiersum joined Sappi Europe in January 2007 as Chief Executive Officer Sappi Europe. He started his career at ICI Fibres, held the position of President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe) followed by President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe). Following the takeover by BP, he joined BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe. He then joined Pechiney SA in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging Division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) from 2009 – 2011. In 2017 he was named RISI's European CEO of the year and International CEO of the year at the PPI awards.
Qualifications: MA (Medieval and Modern History)
VP and Chief Financial Officer
Mr Blyth joined Sappi in September 2005 as Senior Tax Manager for Sappi Southern Africa. He had previously spent nine years with KPMG in Johannesburg and London in various audit, accounting and tax roles. He was appointed Sappi’s Group Financial Manager in August 2007 and was seconded to Brussels in January 2010 to take up the role of Deputy Group Treasurer within Sappi International. He moved to Sappi Europe in the summer of 2014 to take up his current role.
Qualifications: BCom Hons, CA (SA), H Dip Tax (Law)
VP Manufacturing, R&D and Technology
After a brief period as a Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Paper-Technology in Dresden, Mr Wurdinger started at Ehingen Mill in March 1991 as head of Technology, rising to PQM-Manager in 1994. From 2003 to 2005 he was Technical Director at Cloquet Mill, USA and came back to support the Geminus project in Ehingen. He took over as Mill Director Ehingen, in October 2006 and started in his current position on January 1st 2017. Mr Wurdinger oversees all mill operations and R&D centres in Europe, as well as the central technology and engineering department and the CWZ-Chemische Werke Zell-Wildshausen.
Qualifications: MS (Paper Technology Engineering), Dr.-Ing (specialisation in CTMP)
VP Sales & Marketing Graphics
Mr Eikelenboom began his career at Koninklijke Nederlandse Papierfabriek (KNP) working as a Management Trainee and Area Sales Executive Southern Europe in Maastricht and then Sales Manager in Paris. He has been with Sappi Europe since January 1998, initially as Manager Corporate Planning, before working as Managing Director Benelux, then moving to South Africa to work as Marketing Director for fine paper. Mr Eikelenboom has held his current position since 2004.
Qualifications: MS (Business Economics)
VP Sales & Marketing, Packaging and Speciality Papers
Mr Kratochwill joined Koninklijke Nederlandse Papierfabriek (KNP) in November 1995 after starting his career at KPMG Austria. He began within the Austrian Accounting Department, adding SAP, Project Management and Business Process Engineering to his skills portfolio, supporting other Sappi regions from time to time. He became Manager of Sappi Europe’s Shared Service Center in 2009 reporting to the CFO before becoming Director Project Management in 2011. In 2014 Mr Kratochwill started in his current position.
Qualifications: MS (Business Economics)
VP Supply Chain & Procurement
Mr Kim, a Swiss national, graduated in 1995 from the University of Applied Sciences, Brugg-Windisch with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds an MBA from the University of Brighton in the UK and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Before starting with Sappi Europe in September 2014, Kurt held the position of Head of Supply Chain and Procurement for Clariant Masterbatches. He was also responsible for the Business Unit’s Operational Excellence Supply Chain transformation in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to this, he was head of the Supply Chain Competence Centre for Clariant International, based in Basel. In addition to the chemical industry, Kurt gained experience in the engineering, pharmaceutical, IT and the management consulting industry.
Qualifications: Dipl.-Ing. HTL / MBA
VP Human Resources
Mr Neumann started his professional career with Procter & Gamble where he held various positions in Human Resources and Controlling with increased responsibility. Thereafter he became HR Director Central Europe for Reckitt Benckiser. In 2000 Mr. Neumann moved to Amsterdam to become HR Director Europe for the energy company Mirant. He moved to Sappi Europe in the Autumn of 2002 to take up his current role.
Qualifications: MS Industrial Relations & Human Resources / MS Administrative Sciences
VP General Counsel
Mr Boner joined Sappi Europe in 2002 as VP General Counsel and also acts as legal compliance officer for Europe. Prior to working with Sappi, Mr Boner worked for 13 years as a private practitioner in Brussels and Zurich. He advised clients mainly on matters of EU law with special emphasis on antitrust and trade defence proceedings as well as on regulatory matters.
Qualifications: lic iur, DHEE, Admitted Attorney
VP Strategic Business Projects
Mr Quaedvlieg began his career at Sappi in 1975 as Maintenance Department electronics engineer in the Nijmegen Mill (The Netherlands) before working his way up to becoming Director of that same Mill. He was appointed VP Manufacturing, R&D and Technology in 2006. In January 2017 Mr Quaedvlieg retired from this position and became VP Strategic Business Projects.
Qualifications: BS (Electronics)