New boss for Fortress pulp business
Fortress Paper Ltd. announced the appointment of Yvon Pelletier as President of its dissolving pulp business, effective February 25, 2013.
Mr. Pelletier has over 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry and has held leadership roles in technical, operational, and commercial areas. Prior to joining the Fortress group, Mr. Pelletier was the Executive Vice President of Tembec Inc., a leading international manufacturer of forest products, and President of its Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group. As a senior executive at Tembec, Mr. Pelletier has acted as General Manager of various dissolving pulp and kraft pulp operations, and has acted as Senior Vice President of the company’s Kraft Pulp Division, overseeing three mills in Canada and two in France.
Mr. Pelletier’s role will include leading Fortress Paper’s dissolving pulp business which currently operates through the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill and the Fortress Global Cellulose Mill. Mr. Pelletier replaces Peter Vinall, who has been with Fortress since 2010.
“We are very pleased to have someone of Yvon Pelletier’s extensive experience joining our team,” commented Chadwick Wasilenkoff, CEO of Fortress Paper. “Yvon has an intimate knowledge of the dissolving pulp industry, having lead complex mill operations and implementing many capital expenditure and upgrade projects, and has a proven record of success in improving business performance. We believe that Yvon’s appointment will provide enhanced strategic leadership to our dissolving pulp business, and that he possesses the technical skills and practical local expertise which will be a significant benefit in advancing our dissolving pulp projects and business objectives.”