Tissue World Magazine

Georgia-Pacific (GP) has announced that Kathleen A. “Kathy” Walters will retire as executive vice president – consumer products group, effective 1 June 2019.

David Duncan, who currently serves as executive vice president – building products group, has been named to lead the consumer products group.

Pat Boushka, currently president of GP Cellulose, will succeed Duncan as leader of the building products group.

Munir Abdallah, currently vice president of sales and marketing for GP Cellulose, will succeed Pat Boushka as president of GP Cellulose.

Christian Fischer, GP president and chief executive, said: “I want to thank Kathy for her leadership of the largest retail and commercial tissue and tabletop businesses in North America over the past 15 years.

“The consumer products group has certainly benefited from her industry expertise and ability to drive growth through innovation, effective business strategies and operational improvements.”

Walters joined the company in 2004, taking on leadership of its commercial tissue business throughout North America including sales, marketing, customer service, business development and strategy.

Duncan joined GP in January 2018 as executive vice president of GP’s building products group after serving seven years as president of INVISTA Performance Solutions – also a Koch Industries company.

He joined Koch in 1997 and held positions with Koch Capital Services and Koch Ventures, Inc., where he became managing director in 2001, and subsequently worked in Koch’s business development group.

In 2004, he was director of transition for the company’s INVISTA acquisition.

Later that year he joined Koch Minerals as CFO before returning to INVISTA in 2007 as executive vice president of its Downstream business.

GP’s leadership changes will take effect on 1 June.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibres, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals.