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Sappi appoints Mark Gardner as President and Chief Executive Officer of its North American operations

Press release from the issuing company

September 13, 2007 -- Sappi, the world's leading producer of coated fine paper, today announced that Mark Gardner (52), a 26 year veteran of Sappi in North America, has been appointed as President and chief executive officer of Sappi Fine Paper North America as from 01 October 2007. Mark had been appointed interim chief executive officer after the resignation of Ronee Hagen in April 2007. Mark, who was most recently Vice President of Manufacturing, has also held leadership roles for supply chain, customer service and overall manufacturing
Commenting on the appointment Ralph Boettger, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited said: "Mark has extensive experience of the paper industry and a strong track record within Sappi. He is well placed to lead Sappi's efforts in the important North American market."
Mark Gardner, an American, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Southern Maine.