The first ever Global CEO of the Year award was presented to RockTenn chairman and chief executive officer Jim Rubright at the 2009 Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards held October 28, 2009 in Munich, Germany.
The Global CEO of the Year honor was awarded by a panel of judges made up of industry veterans, including Mark Rushton, editor of Pulp & Paper International (PPI) and chairman of the jury for the PPI Awards: "We are thrilled with the high quality and number of entries that we received for the first ever PPI Awards. All of the winners and finalists should be justly proud of their achievements. The PPI Awards event allowed us to honor the best in our business and offered fantastic networking opportunities for those who attended."
Rubright was named 2009 Executive Papermaker of the Year by PaperAge, an industry publication for paper industry professionals, and 2008 North American CEO of the Year by RISI. He served in 2007 as chairman of the board of the American Forest & Paper Association, the national trade association of the forest, pulp, paper, paperboard and wood products industry. He is a director of AGL Resources, Inc., an energy company, and Forestar Group Inc., a real estate and natural resources company. He has been CEO of RockTenn since 1999, as the company has grown to $2.8 billion in sales. During his tenure, RockTenn has generated a total return to shareholders of 287 per cent through October 29, 2009.
RockTenn is a North American leading manufacturer of paperboard, containerboard and consumer and corrugated packaging, with annual net sales of approximately $2.8 billion. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. For more information, visit www.rocktenn.com.
For further information about the PPI award finalists, visit www.ppiawards.com/finalists.html.