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July 23, 2019

Sappi names former Skowhegan mill manager as North American CEO

Sappi Ltd., the South Africa-based company that owns paper mills in Skowhegan and Westbrook, has named Michael G. Haws as president and CEO of its North America subsidiary. 

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Mike Haws succeeds Mark Gardner as CEO of Boston-based Sappi North America.

Haws, currently vice president of manufacturing for Boston-based Sappi North America, will succeed Mark Gardner in October, according to a news release Monday. Gardner, a 38-year Sappi veteran who’s served as president and CEO for 12 years, is retiring.

Haws, 56, joined Sappi in 2012 as managing director of the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, and was named 2014 Mill Manager of the Year by Pulp and Paper International, an industry magazine. In 2015, he was promoted to his current role, with responsibility for both Maine mills and Sappi North America’s other two manufacturing facilities, in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Sappi, Haws held leadership roles with other paper makers including St. Regis, Champion International, International Paper and Verso Paper.

Haws earned a B.S. degree in paper science and engineering from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and has undertaken an executive education program at Harvard Business School.

“I am pleased that we are able to ensure a smooth transition in leadership from Mark to Mike,” said Sappi Ltd. CEO Steve Binnie in the news release. “I am confident that under Mike’s leadership our business will take full advantage of the exciting opportunities for the pulp and paper industry in North America.”

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