CREVE COEUR, Mo., and CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2009 — Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has announced the appointment of Michael Exner as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Containerboard Mill division, effective January 1, 2010.
Exner reports to Steve Klinger, Smurfit-Stone’s president and chief operating officer.
Exner’s distinguished career in the paper industry spans 31 years and includes a variety of leadership positions with International Paper and Boise-Cascade Corporation.
Most recently, he served as International Paper’s vice president of manufacturing for Containerboard. During his 29-year tenure with IP, Exner also served as pulp and operations manager; mill manager for the company’s Vicksburg, MS, and Lock Haven, PA, facilities; and director of manufacturing for IP’s commercial printing and imaging papers division.
He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and his master’s degree from The Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton.
“Mike’s leadership and proven ability to deliver results will help to drive greater efficiencies and operational success in our Mill division,” said Klinger. “We’re fortunate to welcome someone with his level of expertise and talent to our organization.”
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is one of the industry’s leading integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producers, and one of the world’s largest paper recyclers. The company is a member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and the Chicago Climate Exchange. Smurfit-Stone generated revenue of $7.04 billion in 2008; has led the industry in safety every year since 2001; and conducts its business in compliance with the environmental, health, and safety principles of the American Forest & Paper Association.