ATLANTA, Ga. – Frank J. Sutman, Ashland Water Technologies, has been appointed by the TAPPI Nominating Committee and approved by the TAPPI Board to serve out the remaining time of a vacated Board of Directors seat. Frank will serve effective immediately through March 2015.
“We are extremely pleased to have someone with Frank’s skills and broad range of experience to serve on our board of directors,” said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. “His in-depth technical knowledge coupled with his strong leadership skills will be extremely valuable as we strive to offer TAPPI’s members the best possible world class products and services."
Sutman began his career in research with Great Northern Paper Company and then served with Georgia Pacific Corporation/Great Northern Paper Company as Quality Assurance Supervisor and Technical Director. For 16 years he was a Senior Research Scientist with Hercules Pulp and Paper Division/BetzDearborn Paper Process Group/Betz Paperchem Inc. In 2006 he became a Research Fellow with Hercules, now Ashland Water Technologies in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2009 he assumed the role of Senior Group Leader, focusing on specialty chemical functional and process solutions for papermaking applications.
At TAPPI he’s held several key leadership positions including Chairman of the Engineering Division, Steering Committee Chair for PaperCon, and Chairman of the Water Removal Committee. He is a past member of IPST’s Recycle Elective Research Consortium Advisory Group and Papermaking PAC and a former Vice President, North America, International Association of Scientific Papermakers. TAPPI honors include the Engineering Division Leadership and Service Award and in 2010 he was named a TAPPI Fellow. He’s published numerous technical papers and holds ten patents. Frank holds a B.S. in forest products from the University of Idaho and M.S. in paper chemistry from the Institute of Paper Chemistry.