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Paper Excellence rejigs leadership team

July 31, 2023  By PrintAction Staff

The Paper Excellence Group updates organizational structure of its business units following the recent acquisitions of Resolute Forest Products in March 2023 and Domtar in November 2021.

Steve Henry, currently Domtar’s executive vice-president and COO, has been named president of the paper and packaging business unit with responsibility for all legacy Domtar pulp, paper and packaging operations as well as Paper Excellence Canada’s Port Alberni and Crofton mills. Henry is an experienced pulp and paper executive with 28 years of industry expertise. His career has spanned diverse roles in strategy, project management, and general management in corporate and mill environments. Prior to joining Domtar, Henry held a series of progressive positions with International Paper, Weyerhaeuser and Georgia-Pacific.

The leader of the Pulp & Tissue business unit consisting of all legacy Resolute pulp, paper and tissue operations as well as the non-integrated Paper Excellence Canada pulp mills will be announced at a later date. Richard Tremblay will continue to serve as senior vice-president, pulp, paper and tissue operations, and John Lafave will serve as senior vice-president, pulp and tissue sales. Tremblay and Lafave will serve as co-leaders of the business unit until a permanent leader is named.


Hugues Simon will continue to serve as president of the Wood Products business unit. Simon has extensive experience in wood products operations, finance and sales with Resolute and its predecessor companies.

Steve Henry, Richard Tremblay, John Lafave and Hugues Simon will report to the Paper Excellence management board, chaired by non-executive chair John Williams, former president and CEO of Domtar.

“My heartfelt congratulations to Steve, Richard, John and Hugues. Each of them brings extensive experience, demonstrated success, and a commitment to continuous improvement,” said Williams. “We have assembled an impressive team of business leaders who are uniquely qualified to deliver superior results and position the organization for continued growth.”

Resolute’s Remi G. Lalonde, president and CEO; Sylvain A. Girard, senior vice-president and CFO; and Stephanie Leclaire, senior vice-president, corporate affairs and chief legal officer, have decided to leave the organization on September 1, 2023, to pursue other interests.

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