Top Executives Headline Leadership Panel

Ever wonder how the industry’s top leaders do what they do? How they are able to foster innovation and improve operations during a global pandemic? Hear from key executives as they share their insight with Paper 360° Editorial Director Jan Bottiglieri during the TAPPICon VIRTUAL Leadership Panel, May 4-5, 2021.

Larry N. Montague, President and CEO of TAPPI, kicks off TAPPICon VIRTUAL each morning at 9:30am ET with a welcome message followed by the Leadership Panel comprised of top executives from leading companies in the industry. These key panelists share diverse perspectives and address critical issues such as attracting, training and retaining new talent; using lessons learned from this past year to develop innovative products, new markets and improve operations; and measures the industry can take to ensure a sustainably secure future. Attendees will gain valuable insight into how these leaders faced challenges and found new business opportunities by overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Leadership panelists include:

  • Peter Augustine, President North America, Körber Tissue
  • David Buchanan, President, Voith Paper North America
  • Michael Gray, Area Sr. Vice President, Capital Business, NA, Valmet
  • James Haeffele, Vice President Technology, Material Breakthrough, Essity North America Inc.
  • Sean Ireland, President, FiberLean® Technologies NA Inc.
  • Matthew Szymanski, Vice President, Mill Operations, Green Bay Packaging
  • Larry Warren, Senior Director of Health and Safety, Pulp and Paper/Corporate, Domtar


This year, professionals have the unique opportunity to learn from experts and engage in in-depth conversations both virtually and in-person during TAPPICon 2021 – a two-part technical conference focused on six industry segments: paper, tissue, nonwovens, recycling, maintenance and reliability, and women in industry.

TAPPICon VIRTUAL features four hours of content each day. The virtual program offers participants the chance to select topic-specific sessions that best fit their needs including coating and graphic arts, maintenance and reliability, management, nonwovens, papermaking, papermaking additives, papermaking fundamentals, process control, recycled paperboard, tissue and young professionals. The virtual format allows participants to stay abreast of critical issues and find potential solutions to their unique problems, safely and conveniently from their home, office or mill.

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TAPPICon LIVE!, October 3-6, 2021 in Atlanta, GA, offers a face-to-face event including a comprehensive technical conference, an exhibit hall, courses, and an awards ceremony recognizing Industry leaders. The event provides professionals from around the world a platform to discuss key issues, new advancements/technologies and strategies for future success. It also offers multiple networking opportunities for attendees to reconnect with their peers and build new business contacts.

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Registration Discount

Attendees can save 15% off their TAPPICon LIVE! registration and receive an Early Bird discount if they register for both the VIRTUAL and LIVE! programs. That’s more than a $600 savings. TAPPICon also offers mills special discounts to send multiple people or teams.

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