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Smurfit Kappa boss given top CEPI role

Gary McGann, group chief executive officer of Smurfit Kappa, has been appointed as chairman of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

McGann took over from former chairman Jussi Pesonen, president and chief executive officer of the Finnish paper company UPM, on 1 January.

The new chairman called for a “complete single market” in the EU and that European-wide energy policies needed to be addressed.

McGann said: “There is a need for greater certainty in regulation and creating an environment for industry which is enabling and makes business more efficient and more effective.

“The pulp and paper industry is a leading sector in the bio-economy with a large renewable energy and raw material base. 82% of our raw materials are sourced in Europe and we produce 23% of the world’s pulp and paper products.

“But our industry – made in Europe – suffers from a lack of a favourable business climate in Europe.”

McGann became CEO of Smurfit Kappa in November 2002.

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