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Leadership

Bill Wilson - Executive Director and Treasurer

 

Bill joined International Paper in 1974 as a plant engineer in the St. Louis Container plant. He worked in the Industrial Packaging business for 17 years in various roles from engineering to General Management. Bill spent 9 years in Beverage Packaging followed by 8 years in Bleached Board and the Coated Paperboard business. His most recent management roles included work in the EDGE project and Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence. Bill retired in 2014 after 39 years of service. Contact Bill at wawilson51@gmail.com.

 

Board of Directors

 

Our board of directors is elected for up to two consecutive, three-year terms, and include current and retired employees of International Paper and its predecessor companies.

 

John A. Hash - President

 

John joined International Paper in 1980 in the New York City office as a member of the corporate accounting & financial reporting group. John has worked in finance, production management, plant and regional general management, and supply chain management during his 35 year career with the company. John has been stationed at the New York office, moved to Memphis in 1987, relocated to the Howell, MI and Putnam, CT plants, and then returned to Memphis in 1997. John has worked in staff roles and in various business unit roles including with the Consumer Products Group, Standard Products Division (grocery bags), Kraft Paper Group, Kraft Packaging Division, and since 1991 with the Container the Americas business. John’s current position is the Director of Converting Operations Optimization for the Industrial Packaging business. John has been married to his wife Theresa for 32 years and has three children, all out of college at this point. Contact John at john.hash@ipaper.com.

 

Elizabeth (Betsy) R. Leslie - Vice President

 

Betsy started her career with International Paper in 1979 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with an engineering degree. She spent 11 years at the Moss Point, MS mill working in the engineering department. In 1990, she transferred to the Technology organization in Mobile, AL to work in the pulp staff engineering group, and in 1993 she moved “across town” to the Erling Riis Research Lab to manage the Materials Technology group. In 1997, the research lab was closed and transitioned to the new facility in Loveland, OH where Betsy continued to manage a group of corporate engineers until 2002. In 2002 she moved to Memphis, TN to work on the enterprise supply chain project. Currently, Betsy is a member of the Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence Manufacturing and Deliver team. Betsy and her husband, Rupert, live in Collierville and are the proud parents of four sons. Contact Betsy at elizabeth.leslie@ipaper.com.

 

Marianne Duvall - Secretary

 

Marianne began her career at IP as an administrative assistant in the Legal Department.  She transitioned into a knowledge management and IT role responsible for Legal Department web sites, applications and systems in 1998.  Marianne is currently the Legal IT Analyst responsible for department SharePoint sites and fulfills the role of business analyst for legal operations IT projects.  Marianne has a Bachelor's degree in Individual Studies (Business Information Systems) from the University of Memphis.

 

Greg Mitchell - Assistant Treasurer

 

Greg began his paper industry career at Hammermill Paper Company in 1983. He joined International Paper when Hammermill was acquired in 1986. During his 27 year career, Greg worked in Information Technology, Treasury & Tax Services, Strategic Planning, Finance, Product Development, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Greg spent the first eight years of his career in Erie at Hammermill’s Corporate Offices, in the Envelope & Specialty Converting Business and with xpedx. In 1991 he moved to the Division Offices of the newly formed Imaging Products Division in Binghamton, NY. Greg transferred in 1998 to the Printing & Communications Papers Imaging Papers Business, and later the EDGE Supply Chain implementation. Greg retired from International Paper in 2009. Since retiring Greg has managed his own business, consulting to small and mid-size businesses. Greg and his wife, Donna, have been married for 32 years and they have three grown children, one of whom now works for xpedx in Dallas.  Contact Greg at gmitchell99@gmail.com.

 

Ottie Dixon

 

Ottie Dixon began his paper industry career at International Paper in 1981.  During his 33 year career, Ottie has worked in many facets of human resources, including both operation and staff roles. Additionally, he worked in many of the company’s various businesses – wood products, coated paperboard, decorative products and container.  His jobs have ranged from industrial relations manager, region human resources manager to area human resources leader.  He currently provides both strategic and tactical leadership for the West Area of Container the Americas. Ottie and his wife of 29 years (Marilyn) are the proud parents of two adult sons (Corbin and Austin). Contact Ottie at ottie.dixon@ipaper.com.

 

Fred Ellrich


Fred began his career at Hammermill Paper Company in 1979, after several years in public education, as a programmer/analyst. In 1989, he joined Union Camp Corporation in Franklin, VA and held positions in marketing, sales systems, and customer service management.  After a brief stay with Simpson Paper in California, Fred retuned to Union Camp in Savannah, GA as division marketing manager, and came to IP Memphis in 1999 as division customer service manager for the then, Bleached Board Business.  Assignments as project manager for the Invoice Accuracy project and business analyst on the early deployment of Customer & Product stratification preceded his retirement in 2005.  Since retirement, Fred has earned his doctorate in education and is an instructor of leadership in the MBA program and the professional education department at the University of Memphis.  Contact Fred at: fellrich@memphis.edu.

 

Jack Joseph

 

Jack Joseph is currently the HR director for the Industrial Packaging Group. Jack joined International Paper in 1991 as the HR manager at the Foodservice Business facility in Shelbyville, Illinois.  He has also served as a Business HR Manager in Retail Packaging, Beverage Packaging, Coated Paperboard, and Information Technology.  In 2007 Jack was named the director of HR Operations and was named director of HR for Corporate Staff Groups and HR Operations in 2008.  Jack’s previous assignment was as the HR director for Consumer Packaging, Printing & Communications Papers, and the Global Human Resources function.  He assumed his current role in April, 2013. Jack serves on the Riegel & Emory HR Advisory Board at the University of South Carolina. Jack received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1980-1985. Jack and his wife, Deborah, live in Collierville, Tennessee and have a daughter and two sons.

 

 

Joyce Margulies

 

Joyce joined International Paper in New York City in 1981 in the Legal Department. She made the move to Memphis in 1987 and continued to work in the Legal Department as Chief Counsel, Human Resources until 2009 when she retired from the Company. She has her undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

 

 

Mary Fortin

 

Mary is a 29+ year employee of the Company.  She currently is Sr. Audit Manager in the Corporate Audit organization and has held various roles in Finance and Supply Chain over her career. Organizations with which she has worked include Corporate Finance, Beverage Packaging, Folding Carton and Label and the Supply Chain Operating Model Project Edge. She spent 5 years in Public Accounting prior to joining International Paper.  Mary graduated from Rhodes College where she earned a B.A.- Math & Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mary’s spouse, Ricky, also works for IP in Global Financial Services and her daughter, Elizabeth, is at UT in the Physical Therapy Doctorate program while son, Benjamin, is a freshman at Oklahoma State University studying aviation.


Terri Moore

 

Terri joined IP in 1983 as a process engineer in the Mobile Technology group after graduating from the University of Arkansas in Chemical Engineering and the University of South Alabama with an MBA.  She spent 9 years working in Technology managing feasibility analyses of capital projects for the paper mills. In 1992, Terri transferred to the Camden, AR mill where she served as Quality and Lab Manager.  In 1998, she transferred to Memphis to work for the Corporate Quality group providing auditing and training to all manufacturing facilities on quality management systems.  In 2000, Terri was asked to join the EDGE project as a change manager.  In 2005, Terri moved to P&C Converting Papers and managed the customer service team.  Currently, Terri is the Foodservice Division Quality Manager.  Terri and her husband, Craig, live in Germantown and are the proud parents of two terrific sons and one amazing daughter-in-law!  Contact Terri at terri.moore@ipaper.com.


Rick Ouellette

 

Rick joined International Paper in 1986 at the company’s former Androscoggin mill in Jay, Maine, as a communications specialist. He has worked at other company paper mills, including the Texarkana, Texas, Mill, as the manager of communications. Through the years, Rick has progressed in positions of increasing responsibility in communications across a number of company businesses, including Consumer Packaging, Printing & Communications Papers and xpedx, and the former Arizona Chemical, Forest Resources and Wood Products businesses. He has also provided support to several staff groups such as Global Technology, EHS and Sustainability. Presently, since 2012, Rick is the senior manager of communications for the Industrial Packaging Group, which consist of the Containerboard, Container The Americas and Recycling businesses, at more than 225 facilities with 25,000+ employees. He and his wife, Chrissy, have two daughters, Ciera and Elizabeth, and live in the Germantown, Tenn., area. Contact Rick at rick.ouellette@ipaper.com.

 

Updated February 5, 2017