Douglas Osterberg, Appleton Coated’s head of Research and Development, named to succeed current CEO

Douglas Osterberg, Appleton Coated’s head of Research and Development,
named to succeed current CEO, Sandra Van Ert, as of September 30th

Sandra Van Ert, Appleton Coated president and chief executive officer, has resigned effective September 30th. Sandy began her career with the company over 25 years ago, eventually becoming the company’s chief financial officer in 2000 and then its president and chief executive in 2010.
“We sincerely thank Sandy for her many years of dedication and service to Appleton Coated and the group,” commented Sequana’s chairman and chief executive officer, Pascal Lebard.
“I have great confidence in Doug and the team and am very optimistic for the future of the company,” commented Van Ert. Osterberg has worked extensively throughout the company’s operations and with customers throughout his 34 years with the company. Doug was instrumental in the company’s launch of its coated freesheet business in 1995, and has more recently led the company’s successful transition into several new product areas including coated inkjet papers. Osterberg graduated with a B.S. in forest products from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Osterberg stated, “I appreciate all that Sandy has accomplished during her tenure including advancing the recently announced cost restructuring project. We are positioning Appleton Coated to better serve its customers in the future, and I am excited to be leading the company forward.”

About Appleton Coated:

Appleton Coated, with approximately 600 employees, has been operating in Combined Locks, Wisconsin since 1889. The company is a subsidiary of Arjowiggins SAS, a global leader in the production of high value-added creative and technical paper. Arjowiggins is a subsidiary of Sequana, headquartered in Paris, France.

Appleton Coated offers the most comprehensive line-up of premium, coated papers available today marketed under the Utopia brand. From the elegance of Premium to hardworking Utopia Three, the Utopia family of coated papers offers six ways to ignite a passion for paper and the environment.

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