USDA Appoints 2023 Paper and Packaging Board Members

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The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) announces three new board members appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose terms begin immediately. Appointed to three-year terms are Santiago Arbelaez, International Paper and Alpa Sutaria, WestRock. Appointed for a one-year term is Jonathan Kraft, The Kraft Group.

An eight-member Board of Directors representing the four grades of paper funding the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign oversees the paper and packaging sectors’ national promotion program focused on sustainability and recycling.

Officers and board members for 2023 are:

  • Chair: Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group
  • Vice Chair: Rob Melton, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp and Paper, Domtar
  • Secretary/Treasurer: James Harrell, Division Vice President, Industrial Products/Paper Divisions-Europe, Sonoco
  • At-Large Member: Beth-Cormier, Vice President of Research, Development and Sustainability, Sappi
  • Santiago Arbelaez, Vice President Strategy, North America, International Paper
  • Richard Bennett, Vice President of Paperboard Sales & Marketing, Pactiv Evergreen
  • Scott Light, Executive Vice President, Packaging & Cellulose, Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Alpa Sutaria, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Sustainability, WestRock