Marco Eikelenboom, currently Vice President Marketing & Sales, Graphic Papers at Sappi Europe, has been appointed as CEO of Sappi Europe as from 1 April 2021. He will succeed Berry Wiersum, a 40-year veteran of the industry in Europe, who will retire at the end of March 2021. Mr Wiersum joined Sappi Europe as CEO, a position he held for 14 years.
Commenting on the retirement of Berry Wiersum, Steve Binnie, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited said:
"I would like to thank Berry for his significant service to Sappi during his 14 years with the company and for the support he has shown me as CEO. He is an outstanding leader both for the company and for the industry. His tenure saw massive changes as we made significant acquisitions, invested in machine rebuilds, restructured and refocused the business, all to ensure that Sappi could respond to and take advantage of the changes which were occurring. Most recently he also led Sappi Europe's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. He and his team responded to each one with alacrity."
Mr Eikelenboom, a Dutch citizen, is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German. He joined KNP in 1992. After KNP Leykam was acquired by Sappi in 1997, he was appointed Managing Director of Sappi Benelux in 1998. In 2002 he transferred to Sappi Southern Africa as Marketing Director for the Fine Paper division, returning to Sappi Europe in 2004 as Director Marketing & Sales for Graphic Papers. In 2009 he was promoted to Vice President Marketing & Sales for Graphic Papers.
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