Speakers at Tissue World Virtual Conference 2021

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Comprised of leading experts, pioneers and influencers in the sector, Tissue World Virtual Conference 2021 covers a wide spectrum of the global tissue industry. As an attendee, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy timely and relevant content delivered by top-notch speakers, quiz them on their opinions and uncover solutions to your business challenges.

Senior Management Symposium Speakers

Day 1 – Wednesday 22 September
Esa Kaikkonen
 Esa Kaikkonen
 CEO
MetsÀ Tissue, part of MetsÀ Group Finland

Esa Kaikkonen has been acting as Chief Executive Officer of MetsĂ€ Tissue since2018 and a member of the MetsĂ€ Group’s Executive Management Team since2008. Mr. Kaikkonen has Master of Laws degree and he is trained on the bench inthe District Court of Helsinki, Finland.

Prior to his current duties he led MetsĂ€ Group’s Wood Products Industry, MetsĂ€Wood, and acted as MetsĂ€ Group’s General Counsel. In addition he has heldseveral executive positions within MetsĂ€ Group’s subsidiaries.

Mr. Kaikkonen holds several Board positions in various national and internationalcompanies in forest-based and energy industries.

MetsÀ Tissue creates a cleaner every day. The company is a leading tissue papersupplier to households and professionals in Europe and a leading greaseproofpaper company.

The company’s brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin and SAGA. Withproduction units in five countries, the company employ around 2,500 people. In2020, the sales were one billion euro. MetsĂ€ Tissue is part of MetsĂ€ Group, aforerunner in sustainable bioeconomy.

Esa Kaikkonen has been acting as Chief Executive Officer of MetsĂ€ Tissue since 2018 and a member of the MetsĂ€ Group’s Executive Management Team since 2008.

Mr. Kaikkonen has Master of Laws degree and he is trained on the bench in the District Court of Helsinki, Finland.

Prior to his current duties he led MetsĂ€ Group’s Wood Products Industry, MetsĂ€Wood, and acted as MetsĂ€ Group’s General Counsel. In addition he has held several executive positions within MetsĂ€ Group’s subsidiaries.

Mr. Kaikkonen holds several Board positions in various national and international companies in forest-based and energy industries.

MetsÀ Tissue creates a cleaner every day. The company is a leading tissue paper supplier to households and professionals in Europe and a leading grease proof paper company.

The company’s brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin and SAGA. With production units in five countries, the company employ around 2,500 people. In 2020, the sales were one billion euro. MetsĂ€ Tissue is part of MetsĂ€ Group, a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy.

Dr. Karen Jung
Chief Marketing Officer
Hakle Holding GmbH 

Karen Jung is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and responsible for product management, communications and e-commerce at Hakle GmbH, the traditional toilet paper manufacturer based in DĂŒsseldorf, Germany. Previously, she was a strategic and operational consultant responsible for the development and optimization of the Hakle brands.

Karen holds a degree in architecture the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and also successfully completed her PhD at the ETH Zurich in 2005.

After her academic graduation, she gained extensive experience in architecture, content conception/editing, exhibitions and publications for several years and still works as a freelance curator and project coordinator. She is also chairwoman of the board of the Kurt Hahn Foundation.

Karen Jung is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and responsible for product management, communications and e-commerce at Hakle GmbH, the traditional toilet paper manufacturer based in DĂŒsseldorf, Germany. Previously, she was a strategic and operational consultant responsible for the development and optimization of the Hakle brands.

Karen holds a degree in architecture the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and also successfully completed her PhD at the ETH Zurich in 2005.

After her academic graduation, she gained extensive experience in architecture, content conception/editing, exhibitions and publications for several years and still works as a freelance curator and project coordinator. She is also chairwoman of the board of the Kurt Hahn Foundation.

Chris Faltin Chief Technology Officer Hakle Holding GmbH
Chris Faltin
Chief Technology Officer
Hakle Holding GmbH

Chris Faltinis Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the traditional toilet paper manufacturer Hakle, based in DĂŒsseldorf, Germany. He is also responsible for sales of semi-finished products and has been researching alternative, natural and rapidly renewable raw materials in collaboration with organizations for several years and has been driving this area forward ever since. During his time at Kimberly Clark GmbH, Chris Faltin also held various roles in process optimization and project implementation across the manufacturing process and has further extensive experience in paper machine performance optimization and tissue quality.

Chris Faltin is a qualified paper technologist and holds a technical college degree in paper technology/process engineering.

Chris Faltin is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the traditional toilet paper manufacturer Hakle, based in DĂŒsseldorf, Germany. He is also responsible for sales of semi-finished products and has been researching alternative, natural and rapidly renewable raw materials in collaboration with organizations for several years and has been driving this area forward ever since. During his time at Kimberly Clark GmbH, Chris Faltin also held various roles in process optimization and project implementation across the manufacturing process and has further extensive experience in paper machine performance optimization and tissue quality.

Chris Faltin is a qualified paper technologist and holds a technical college degree in paper technology/process engineering.

Ruben Massari, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, EuroVast, Italy
Ruben Massari
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager EuroVast Italy

Ruben Massari has extensive knowledge and experience in the Italian energy and tissue industry. In 2002, he started as a partner with Eurowind Italy in the renewables field, then he restructured several companies in the tissue, fashion and energy sector as a temporary manager. He was the managing director of Energetic Spa from 2015 to March 2019, company leader for supply energy to public utilities like Region, Common, main airports, and Department of the US Army, Trenitalia.

Since July 2019, he has been the manager representative for all quality systems and the corporate social responsibility manager for Euro Vast. He contributed to assigning the Premium Awards 2020 (Le Fonti awards) for sustainability and environmental responsibility to Euro Vast Spa.

Urban Lundberg
Senior Consultant
Fisher Germany 

Urban Lundberg is a paper industry professional whose career as an executive in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and business developments spans strategic and operational roles in business unit management, M&A integration, organizational structuring and development, and Greenfield management across Europe, Russia, and the U.S.

Prior to joining Fisher International, Urban was global Vice President of Strategy and Development at SCA Hygiene Products. His experience at bridging the gap between strategy and implementation and his expertise at affecting results through best-practice and systematic use of business intelligence is an invaluable asset and of particular benefit to Fisher’s clients.

Urban holds a Masters’ degree in Industrial Management Engineering with a Marketing focus from the University of Linköping, Sweden.

Urban Lundberg is a paper industry professional whose career as an executive in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and business developments spans strategic and operational roles in business unit management, M&A integration, organizational structuring and development, and Greenfield management across Europe, Russia, and the U.S.

Prior to joining Fisher International, Urban was global Vice President of Strategy and Development at SCA Hygiene Products. His experience at bridging the gap between strategy and implementation and his expertise at affecting results through best-practice and systematic use of business intelligence is an invaluable asset and of particular benefit to Fisher’s clients.

Urban holds a Masters’ degree in Industrial Management Engineering with a Marketing focus from the University of Linköping, Sweden.

Day 2 - Thursday 23 September
Teemu Kiviniemi, Solution Manager, Valmet, Finland
Teemu Kiviniemi
Solution Manager
Valmet Finland

Teemu Kiviniemi works as a Solution Manager in Valmet’s Automation Business Line. He has 20+ years of experience of industrial control systems. Currently he is responsible for Valmet’s industrial internet cyber security services, provided to the process industry.

Teemu Kiviniemi works as a Solution Manager in Valmet’s Automation Business Line. He has 20+ years of experience of industrial control systems. Currently he is responsible for Valmet’s industrial internet cyber security services, provided to the process industry.

Hampus Mörner, Senior Consultant, AFRY, Sweden
Hampus Mörner
Senior Consultant
AFRY Sweden

Mr. Hampus Mörner is a Senior Consultant within the Bioindustry division of AFRY Management Consulting. He joined AFRY in 2021 and is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. In his work at AFRY, Hampus mainly focuses on market research and strategic analyses across the global pulp, paper, packaging and tissue industries. He has more than ten years of experience from various positions within these fields and prior to AFRY he worked with strategy and analytics at SCA and Essity. Hampus holds a degree of M.Sc. in Forestry from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a Major in Business Administration.

Mr. Hampus Mörner is a Senior Consultant within the Bioindustry division of AFRY Management Consulting. He joined AFRY in 2021 and is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. In his work at AFRY, Hampus mainly focuses on market research and strategic analyses across the global pulp, paper, packaging and tissue industries. He has more than ten years of experience from various positions within these fields and prior to AFRY he worked with strategy and analytics at SCA and Essity. Hampus holds a degree of M.Sc. in Forestry from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences with a Major in Business Administration.

Khalid Saifullah
Managing Director
Star Tissue UK

Khalid Saifullah is the Managing Director of Star Tissue UK. Established in 2003, Star Tissue manufactures away from home hygiene paper products, providing private label products to major suppliers and distributors in the professional hygiene, catering and medical markets in UK and Ireland.

Star Tissues has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies 2016 to Inspire Britain, and 1,000 companies to Inspire Europe 2017. The 1,000 businesses listed have, on average, grown their revenue by 50 percent over the past four years and outperformed their sector peers. In 2011, Khalid was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion and featured in the Guardian’s annual poll of the 50 ‘most influential people in the North of England.

Khalid is married with three children and lives in Blackburn.

Khalid is heavily involved in local economic regeneration helping build prosperous communities and improving the economic wellbeing of people in Lancashire. He is presently a Director of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, and Trustee of Minority Enterprise Development Trust.

Iselie Iglesias, Tissue and Hygiene Consultant, Euromonitor, Germany
 Iselie Iglesias
Tissue and Hygiene Consultant
Euromonitor Germany 

Iselie Iglesias is an expert in Tissue & Hygiene working for the DĂŒsseldorf office at Euromonitor International since its opening in 2018. With almost ten years’ experience in market research and data analysis, Iselie offers expertise, insights and client support on current trends impacting the tissue landscape in Western Europe.

Iselie advises tissue & hygiene companies in Western Europe to help them better understand their markets and consumers by providing insights on current and upcoming trends within their businesses and how they can better tackle their challenges.

Iselie is passionate about helping companies grow their business aided by her analysis and understanding of the Western European market and consumers. “There’s nothing better than seeing your recommendation implemented by your customers; it’s just a proof that I’m valued by my customers”.

Iselie Iglesias is an expert in Tissue & Hygiene working for the DĂŒsseldorf office at Euromonitor International since its opening in 2018. With almost ten years’ experience in market research and data analysis, Iselie offers expertise, insights and client support on current trends impacting the tissue landscape in Western Europe.

Iselie advises tissue & hygiene companies in Western Europe to help them better understand their markets and consumers by providing insights on current and upcoming trends within their businesses and how they can better tackle their challenges.

Iselie is passionate about helping companies grow their business aided by her analysis and understanding of the Western European market and consumers. “There’s nothing better than seeing your recommendation implemented by your customers; it’s just a proof that I’m valued by my customers”.

Riika Joukio, Executive VP, Sustainability & Public Affairs, Kesko / K Group, Finland
Riika Joukio
Executive VP, Sustainability & Public Affairs
Kesko / K Group Finland

Riikka Joukio has acquired extensive work experience in global business in forest, tissue and packaging industries, and most recently also in grocery, building and technical trade. Currently, she is Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Kesko in Finland. She has been working in various business leader roles, as well as head of expert organizations, for example in the field of sustainability, public affairs, and marketing. Riikka has also been an active member in several boards and industry federations.

Riikka Joukio has acquired extensive work experience in global business in forest, tissue and packaging industries, and most recently also in grocery, building and technical trade. Currently, she is Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Kesko in Finland. She has been working in various business leader roles, as well as head of expert organizations, for example in the field of sustainability, public affairs, and marketing. Riikka has also been an active member in several boards and industry federations.

Will Laurenson 
Founder, 
Customers Who Click, UK

Riikka Joukio has acquired extensive work experience in global business in forest, tissue and packaging industries, and most recently also in grocery, building and technical trade. Currently, she is Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Kesko in Finland. She has been working in various business leader roles, as well as head of expert organizations, for example in the field of sustainability, public affairs, and marketing. Riikka has also been an active member in several boards and industry federations.

Technical Panels Speakers

Day 1 - Wednesday 22 September
Luca Linari, Managing Director, Andritz Novimpianti, Italy
Luca Linari
General Manager
ANDRITZ Novimpianti Italy

Mr. Linari started his career first as a Project Manager and then Sales manager at Aerothermic-Fomat until 2001. From 200 till 2012, Luca was also co-owner and General Manager of Milltech (part of Faper group) and in 2013 till 2018, he was Head of Energy and Environment Department at Toscotec.

Luca has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and has been from 2016 onwards Co-Professor in “Paper and Board master studies” (in Celsius-IMT and University of Pisa) in energy optimization and CHP system.

Mr. Linari started his career first as a Project Manager and then Sales manager at Aerothermic-Fomat until 2001. From 200 till 2012, Luca was also co-owner and General Manager of Milltech (part of Faper group) and in 2013 till 2018, he was Head of Energy and Environment Department at Toscotec.

Luca has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and has been from 2016 onwards Co-Professor in “Paper and Board master studies” (in Celsius-IMT and University of Pisa) in energy optimization and CHP system.

Johan RÄgÄrd, Concept Manager Textured Tissue (NTT), Valmet, Sweden
Johan RÄgÄrd
Concept Manager Textured Tissue (NTT) Valmet Sweden 

Johan RÄgÄrd graduated Chalmers University 1998 as a mechanical degree and started to work within Valmet directly after university.

His Valmet career started in the design department. In year 2000he moved to the R&D center and was in the beginning mainly working in the dry end with the belted reel development.

Later, Johan started to work with development of hybrid machines and have been involved in the NTT project from the beginning, and manager of Textured Tissue concept since 2010.

Johan RÄgÄrd graduated from Chalmers University 1998 as a mechanical degree and started to work within Valmet directly after university.

His Valmet career started in the design department. In year 2000 he moved to the R&D center and was in the beginning mainly working in the dry end with the belted reel development.

Later, Johan started to work with development of hybrid machines and have been involved in the NTT project from the beginning, and manager of Textured Tissue concept since 2010.

Bud Chase
Vice President, Tissue 
EDT USA 

Bud Chase has been with EDT for 12 years and currently Vice President - Tissue responsible for all tissue enzyme applications. He has been in the paper industry for 32 years including roles in tissue production, paper machine clothing, DCS controls and chemicals. Bud received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Pulp & Paper/Chemical Engineering program in 1989. He has been married for 31 years and has 3 grown children. His favorite pastimes are mountain biking, DIY projects and taking care of a Golden Doodle dog named Frankie.

Bud Chase has been with EDT for 12 years and currently Vice President - Tissue responsible for all tissue enzyme applications. He has been in the paper industry for 32 years including roles in tissue production, paper machine clothing, DCS controls and chemicals. Bud received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Pulp & Paper/Chemical Engineering program in 1989. He has been married for 31 years and has 3 grown children. His favorite pastimes are mountain biking, DIY projects and taking care of a Golden Doodle dog named Frankie.

Benoit FĂ©camp, EAME Market Development Manager, SOLAR TURBINES, Switzerland
Benoit FĂ©camp
EAME Market Development Manager
SOLAR TURBINES Switzerland 

Benoit FĂ©camp is the EAME Market development manager. He has been working in the energy business for 20 years holding various positions in R&D, Systems engineering, process development and business development. He holds a Masters’ degree in Energy engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rouen, France and an executive MBA from the SDA Bocconi school of management in Milan. His expertise is in Tissue and Paper market, Decarbonization strategies, Hydrogen and Power market.

Benoit FĂ©camp is the EAME Market development manager. He has been working in the energy business for 20 years holding various positions in R&D, Systems engineering, process development and business development. He holds a Masters’ degree in Energy engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rouen, France and an executive MBA from the SDA Bocconi school of management in Milan. His expertise is in Tissue and Paper market, Decarbonization strategies, Hydrogen and Power market.

Andy McNab
Marketing Manager EMEA
Solenis UK 

Andrew McNab was born and educated in the UK. Attending John Dalton College in Manchester and achieving a BSc. (Hons) in Applied chemistry. Currently located in the UK just outside of Manchester. He has two grown up daughters and now three grandchildren. He has previously been employed as a Research and Industrial Chemist, within the Chemical Industry, and has since worked in the Tissue industry for over 27 years.

He has worked for both Tissue Manufactures and producers in the UK, as Mill Chemist, and Technical Manager, and chemical suppliers to the industry in both Sales and Technical roles.

Andrew McNab was born and educated in the UK. Attending John Dalton College in Manchester and achieving a BSc. (Hons) in Applied chemistry. Currently located in the UK just outside of Manchester. He has two grown up daughters and now three grandchildren. He has previously been employed as a Research and Industrial Chemist, within the Chemical Industry, and has since worked in the Tissue industry for over 27 years.

He has worked for both Tissue Manufactures and producers in the UK, as Mill Chemist, and Technical Manager, and chemical suppliers to the industry in both Sales and Technical roles.

Martin Wiens, Factory Manager, Essity Operations Mannheim, Germany
Martin Wiens
Factory Manager
Essity Operations Mannheim Germany 

Martin Wiens was born in Frankenthal in 1966. From 1986 onwards he studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and received his degree in 1994. After earning his doctorate in Darmstadt in 1999, he started working for Essity.

During his career, he was 7 years responsible for the complete paper and tissue production at Essity’s site Mannheim and then 9 years for the wood pulp and energy production. Since 2019 he is responsible for the installation and startup of the new straw pulp production line at the site.

Martin Wiens was born in Frankenthal in 1966. From 1986 onwards he studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and received his degree in 1994. After earning his doctorate in Darmstadt in 1999, he started working for Essity.

During his career, he was 7 years responsible for the complete paper and tissue production at Essity’s site Mannheim and then 9 years for the wood pulp and energy production. Since 2019 he is responsible for the installation and startup of the new straw pulp production line at the site.

Day 2 - Thursday 23 September
Andrea Friedrich, Key Account Director, Europe Pulp & Paper, ISRA PARSYTEC, Germany
Andrea Friedrich
Key Account Director, Europe Pulp & Paper
ISRA PARSYTEC Germany 

Andrea Friedrich has a degree in Information Processing from the University of Dresden and started her career in 1981 as a software developer for Cybernetics and Information processes (ZKI) of the Academy of Science of the late GDR (division industrial image processing) Berlin. In 1990, Andrea held the position of Project Manager and subsequently Sales Manager with Graphikon GmbH.

In her current position, Andrea is responsible for sales and distribution of surface inspection systems for the paper industry. She gives presentations in several international conferences such as IMPS, PTS, APV, Zellcheming and gives lectures at Trouble Shooting Seminars at the PMZ Gernbach.

Andrea Friedrich has a degree in Information Processing from the University of Dresden and started her career in 1981 as a software developer for Cybernetics and Information processes (ZKI) of the Academy of Science of the late GDR (division industrial image processing) Berlin. In 1990, Andrea held the position of Project Manager and subsequently Sales Manager with Graphikon GmbH.

In her current position, Andrea is responsible for sales and distribution of surface inspection systems for the paper industry. She gives presentations in several international conferences such as IMPS, PTS, APV, Zellcheming and gives lectures at Trouble Shooting Seminars at the PMZ Gernbach.

Federico Barsanti
Area Manager Italy
SchÀferRolls Germany 

Eng. Federico Barsanti obtained a Masters’ degree with honours in Environmental Engineering Technology at Turin Polytechnic (Italy). He has been working in the paper, board and tissue converting industry since 1998 and became a recognised expert in all applications involving rolls and roll covers technology. Since 2012, Mr. Barsanti has been working for SchĂ€ferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, Renningen, Germany as Area Manager Italy and supports furthermore the application engineering team with customer requirements and problem-solving activities.

Eng. Federico Barsanti obtained a Masters’ degree with honours in Environmental Engineering Technology at Turin Polytechnic (Italy). He has been working in the paper, board and tissue converting industry since 1998 and became a recognised expert in all applications involving rolls and roll covers technology. Since 2012, Mr. Barsanti has been working for SchĂ€ferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, Renningen, Germany as Area Manager Italy and supports furthermore the application engineering team with customer requirements and problem-solving activities.

Georg Pingen, Mill Manager, Julius Schulte, Germany
Georg Pingen
Mill Manager
Julius Schulte Germany 

Georg holds a degree in paper making technology. He has held positions as head of different departments such as Quality Management, R&D, technology and Product Management. He is currently working as mill manager and a member of the management team. Throughout his work life Georg Pingen built up expertise in core board manufacturing and the application of core board at the customer’s site.

Georg holds a degree in paper making technology. He has held positions as head of different departments such as Quality Management, R&D, technology and Product Management. He is currently working as mill manager and a member of the management team. Throughout his work life Georg Pingen built up expertise in core board manufacturing and the application of core board at the customer’s site.

Carlo Berti, Sales Director, Gambini, Italy
Carlo Berti
Sales Director
Gambini Italy 

Georg holds a degree in paper making technology. He has held positions as head of different departments such as Quality Management, R&D, technology and Product Management. He is currently working as mill manager and a member of the management team. Throughout his work life Georg Pingen built up expertise in core board manufacturing and the application of core board at the customer’s site.

Carlo Berti, 57 years old, is an Italian tissue converting professional. He has been working in the tissue field for more than 35 years, both in the machinery and in the raw material business. He has overseen markets all over the world, focusing particulary on Europe and North America. Since 2010 he is Gambini's Sales Director.

Gary Urban, Sales Director, Elettric80, USA
Gary Urban
Sales Director
Elettric80 USA 

Gary Urban joined the Chicago-based North American headquarters of Elettric80 Inc. as Sales Director on January 1, 2011, targeting the tissue paper & hygienic products markets, later merging into the beverage and food industries. Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, Urban lives in Miami from where he supports the E80 sales activities in both North and South America. Elettric80 S.p.A. is located in Viano, Italy (Reggio Emilia) and specializes in optimizing production and distribution operations through integrated automation solutions. E80 manufactures robotic palletizers, robotic stretch wrappers, robotic layer picking systems, pallet control systems, laser-guided vehicles, high-density automated warehouses, and their own SM.I.LE80 software comprised of different modules designed to coordinate all intralogistics flows and the array of E80 hardware systems, to integrate manual and automatic operations, as well as to communicate with the client's ERP while supervising the performance of the entire solution in real time, guaranteeing total product traceability, maximum efficiency and safety throughout the supply chain. Today Elettric80 has 15 subsidiaries, more than 1,000 employees and has an installed base exceeding 300 integrated solutions, 2,000 robotic systems, 5,000 laser-guided vehicles and 35 high density automated warehouses (ASRS).

Urban has extensive experience in the tissue and hygiene industry. Before joining Elettric 80 he founded Golden Gate Paper Company, Inc. in Del Mar California. There he launched the Company as a supplier of consumer (retail) and away from home tissue products in the southwestern region of the United States. He came to Golden Gate at the invitation of a long-term client from his previous assignment, the well-established tissue producer, FĂĄbrica de Papel San Francisco de Mexicali (Baja California), Mexico. Golden Gate was later sold to Orchids Paper in 2014.

Prior to founding Golden Gate in 2009, Urban was President of Fabio Perini Latin America, Inc. a company he founded in Coral Gables Florida in April 1990 for Fabio Perini S.p.A. of Lucca Italy, a subsidiary of Körber AG, the management holding company based in Hamburg, Germany.

Urban was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His career in the paper and hygiene industries began with Perini in 1986 in Green Bay Wisconsin where he was employed to follow the Latin American market by Fabio Perini North America, Inc. Then from the Coral Gables location, Fabio Perini Latin America became the leading supplier of machinery designed for the converting and packaging of tissue products (toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins) as well as machinery to produce diapers and sanitary napkins. During his 23-year tenure with Perini, he directed the sales and start-up of more than 300 converting lines.

Gary Urban joined the Chicago-based North American headquarters of Elettric80 Inc. as Sales Director in 2011, targeting the tissue paper & hygienic products markets, later merging into the beverage and food industries. Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, Urban lives in Miami from where he supports the E80 sales activities in North and South America.

Before joining Elettric 80, he founded Golden Gate Paper Company in Del Mar California. He launched the Company as a supplier of consumer (retail) and away from home tissue products in the southwestern region of the US. He came to Golden Gate at the invitation of FĂĄbrica de Papel San Francisco de Mexicali (Baja California). Golden Gate was sold to Orchids Paper in 2014.

Before this time, Urban was President of Fabio Perini Latin America, Inc. a company he founded in Coral Gables Florida in April 1990 for Fabio Perini S.p.A., a subsidiary of Körber AG, the management holding company based in Germany.

Urban was born in Milwaukee, WI and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His career in the paper and hygiene industries began with Perini in 1986 in Green Bay, WI where he was responsible for the the Latin American market by Fabio Perini North America, Inc. Then Fabio Perini Latin America became the leading supplier of machinery designed for the converting and packaging of tissue products as well as machinery to produce diapers and sanitary napkins. During his 23-year tenure with Perini, he directed the sales and start-up of more than 300 converting lines.

Ulf Johnsson, Concept Manager Mill Technology (Sustainability), Valmet, Sweden
Ulf Johnsson
Concept Manager Mill Technology
Valmet Sweden  

Mr Johnsson is Concept Manager Mill Technology within Valmet Tissue. He has more than 20 years’ experience from global Tissue projects in different phases and in different roles both as consultant and as a machine supplier. Experience covers Process technology, Mill engineering, Project execution, Concept development, Technical benchmarking, Line management, Studies, Cost competitiveness, Sustainability, Training and Commissioning, trouble shooting and tuning. He has an B.Sc. Degree in Industrial and building service engineering from Karlstad University, 1995

Mr Johnsson is Concept Manager Mill Technology within Valmet Tissue. He has more than 20 years’ experience from global Tissue projects in different phases and in different roles both as consultant and as a machine supplier. Experience covers Process technology, Mill engineering, Project execution, Concept development, Technical benchmarking, Line management, Studies, Cost competitiveness, Sustainability, Training and Commissioning, trouble shooting and tuning. He has an B.Sc. Degree in Industrial and building service engineering from Karlstad University, 1995

Kai Menges, Head of Business Development and Field Marketing, Körber Supply Chain Automation Eisenberg, Germany
Kai Menges
 Head of Business Development and Field Marketing
 Körber Supply Chain Automation Eisenberg Germany 

After completing his mechanical engineering studies, Kai Menges worked in Canada as a project manager for Viessmann from 2008 to 2011 and then as a product manager at their German location in Allendorf until 2015. In 2016 Kai Menges joined Körber as Product Manager for Palletizing and Conveyor Technology in the Supply Chain Automation Business Area. For one year, from 2019 to 2020, he was in the USA involved in setting up the Körber Supply Chain Automation NA location in Pittsburgh. After returning to Germany in 2020, he is now responsible for business development at the Eisenberg location.

After completing his mechanical engineering studies, Kai Menges worked in Canada as a project manager for Viessmann from 2008 to 2011 and then as a product manager at their German location in Allendorf until 2015. In 2016 Kai Menges joined Körber as Product Manager for Palletizing and Conveyor Technology in the Supply Chain Automation Business Area. For one year, from 2019 to 2020, he was in the USA involved in setting up the Körber Supply Chain Automation NA location in Pittsburgh. After returning to Germany in 2020, he is now responsible for business development at the Eisenberg location.

Moderators

Senior Management Symposium Moderator

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Jonathan Roberts Industry Consultant Pryor Roberts Communications, UK
Jonathan Roberts
Industry Consultant
Pryor Roberts Communications UK 

Jonathan Roberts is a communications consultant to the paper and fibre industry. He set up Pryor Roberts Communications in 1999 having worked as a journalist for PPI in Brussels for several years. His client base is focused in Sweden and Italy.

Jonathan Roberts is a communications consultant to the paper and fibre industry. He set up Pryor Roberts Communications in 1999 having worked as a journalist for PPI in Brussels for several years. His client base is focused in Sweden and Italy.

Technical Panels Moderator

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Bodo Kottwitz Principal BKay Tissue, Germany
Bodo Kottwitz
Principal
BKay Tissue Germany 

After studying Process Engineering – Pulp & Paper Manufacturing in Munich, Bodo spent around 30 years in and around the tissue industry. This includes tissue manufacturing and converting, chemical additives, post-graduate education and consulting. In 2004 he started his own management consulting business called BKay-Tissue Advice, mainly focussing on strategic services within the global tissue and hygiene business. Bodo established a network of experts for dedicated assignments.

For several years, he supported the risk managers of a leading bank in Europe in large pulp and paper projects including tissue and for some years, Bodo was in parallel member of the board of directors of a paper company in Scandinavia.

After studying Process Engineering – Pulp & Paper Manufacturing in Munich, Bodo spent around 30 years in and around the tissue industry. This includes tissue manufacturing and converting, chemical additives, post-graduate education and consulting. In 2004 he started his own management consulting business called BKay-Tissue Advice, mainly focussing on strategic services within the global tissue and hygiene business. Bodo established a network of experts for dedicated assignments.

For several years, he supported the risk managers of a leading bank in Europe in large pulp and paper projects including tissue and for some years, Bodo was in parallel member of the board of directors of a paper company in Scandinavia.


Knowledge Partner

Euromonitor International