About us




The Board is the ultimate decision-maker in CEPI. It is composed of chairmen from National Associations and CEOs from the 15 largest companies. The Board elects the CEPI Chairman and Vice-chairman. The incoming chairman has an official role, whereas the outgoing chairman serves on a voluntary basis. The Steering Committee members and the Director General are appointed by the Board. It approves policies, strategies and objectives proposed by the Steering Committee. Furthermore, the Board approves the budget and supervises CEPI finances.

CEPI Board Members (January 2019)

Karl-Henrik Sundström (Stora Enso)

Representatives from Effective Members
Christian Skilich, Austropapier, Austria
Pierre Macharis, Cobelpa, Belgium
Jaroslav Tymich, ACPP, Czech Republic
Ilkka Hämälä, FFIF, Finland
Agnès Roger, COPACEL, France
Winfried Schaur, VDP, Germany
Thomas Cord Prinzhorn, Federation of Hungarian Printers and Paper Makers, Hungary
Girolamo Marchi, ASSOCARTA, Italy
Jørn Syvertsen, Norsk Industri, Norway
Maciej Kunda, SPP, Poland
Diogo Da Silveira, CELPA, Portugal
Paul-Henri Kohler, ROMPAP, Romania
Stefan Bohacek, ZCPP, Slovak Republic
Stanislav Menard, GZS, Slovenia
Jordi Mercader Barata, ASPAPEL, Spain
Lars Idermark, SFIF, Sweden
Henk van Houtum, Royal VNP, the Netherlands
Patrick Willink, CPI, UK

Company representatives
Miles Roberts, DS Smith
Ignazio Capuano, Burgo
Henrik Sjölund, Holmen
John Sims, International Paper
Wilhelm Hörmanseder, Mayr-Melnhof Karton
Niels Petter Wright, Norske SkogIndustrier
Ulf Larsson, SCA
Berry Wiersum, Sappi
Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa
Kurt Maier, Heinzel
Peter Oswald, Mondi
Jussi Pesonen, UPM
Petra Einarsson, BillerudKorsnäs
Ramon Alejandro, SAICA

Vinciane Chantraine, Personal Assistant, provides support from the CEPI Secretariat to the Board.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of three Board members, three ADG members and the CEPI Director General. It represents a formal link between the committees and the Board. 

ADG (Association Directors Group)

The Association Directors' Group (ADG) is the senior advisory group to the CEPI Director General. It is composed of Director Generals of National Associations. The ADG ensures that the industry speaks with one voice throughout Europe and coordinates implementation of CEPI strategies on national level.
The Association Directors' Group proposes areas for common action and identifies experts in the industry to support CEPI. It also contributes with national perspectives to European positions. Vinciane Chantraine provides support from the CEPI Secretariat to these Groups.

CEOs Forum

The CEOs forum is an informal gathering of European paper industry CEOs, established by the CEPI Board, to review common issues, be updated on CEPI activities, which they contribute to through National Associations, and to participate in the ongoing reflection of the future of the industry. The members meet twice a year, on the occasion of the Board Spring meeting in one of the member countries and in Brussels in connection with the General Assembly and Annual Session of CEPI. The forum looks at subjects of general interest, presented by an outside speaker, and followed by a discussion.


Sustainability Strategy and Communication and transversal issues under the Director General.

Social affairs is supervised by the ADG.

The Committees are responsible for strategy and political perspective in the policy areas.

Issue Groups are formed as needed, to work on the problems/issues identified by the Committees.