NewPage president, CEO George F. Martin named 2013 PIMA Executive of the Year for excellence in management, contributions to the industry

Kendall Sinclair

Kendall Sinclair

May 9, 2013 – Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)

ATLANTA , May 9, 2013 (press release) – George F. Martin, president and chief executive officer, NewPage Corporation, has been named winner of the 2013 PIMA Executive of the Year Award. The award is PIMA’s highest honor and is bestowed on senior-level executives in the pulp, paper or converting industries for excellence in management and outstanding contributions to the industry as a whole.

“During an exemplary career in senior management and operations spanning 29 years in the industry George Martin has exemplified the strong leadership skills and vision that are absolutely critical for success in today’s global pulp and paper business,” said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI president and CEO. “His leadership and hard work provided important contributions to NewPage’s growth and emergence as one of North America’s leading printing and specialty paper producers. His accomplishments as a leader and his many contributions to the industry make him an outstanding choice as PIMA Executive of the Year.”

Martin has been president and chief executive officer for NewPage since 2010 and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He is responsible for the company’s strategy and mission, annual goals, and yearly revenue and profitability targets; and more recently, for the successful emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Over the past decade, he has been an instrumental leader throughout the company’s mergers and acquisitions as well as in the establishment of NewPage Corporation in 2005.

He began his career with Westvaco holding various key operating, technical and staff roles. In 2002, he became director of integration for MeadWestvaco Papers Group and was then named vice president and mill manager of the Escanaba, Michigan facility in 2003. In 2005, he was promoted to senior vice president of operations for NewPage where he was responsible for the company’s 10 manufacturing facilities.

Martin is an active member of various industry organizations and currently holds board positions at the American Forest and Paper Association and the National Association of Manufacturers. He holds a B.A. degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. For more information on the Executive of the Year award see the PIMA Honors link

About TAPPI:
TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° and TAPPI JOURNAL. Through information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster and more cost-effective ways of doing business. It has provided management training and networking to the industry’s leaders for more than 98 years. TAPPI’s leadership training is now part of the PIMA Management Division’s scope bringing together the education and training strength of two premier industry associations. Visit 

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