Leadership Panel

April 30 - May 4, 2022 | Charlotte, NC USA

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     Tuesday, May 4, 2021
9:30am - 9:55am ET
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
9:30am - 9:55am ET


Larry Montague

Larry N. Montague

President & CEO

The 2021 TAPPICon Virtual Conference Kicks Off
with a Welcome Message from TAPPI President
and CEO Larry N. Montague.


Don't miss this amazing opportunity to hear from top leaders as they discuss
the following topics with Paper 360º Editorial Director Jan Bottiglieri:


• How lessons from this past year can help develop innovative products, new markets and improve operations

• Attracting, training and retaining new talent

• Measures the industry can take to secure a future in the global circular economy




Meet Your Panelists!


Peter Augustine

Peter (Pete) Augustine

President North America
Körber Tissue

Peter R. Augustine is President North America, Körber Tissue (formerly Fabio Perini), an Italian paper converting and packaging machinery company.  Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mr. Augustine has full responsibility for strategic planning, operations management, sales, project development, customer service and production for the North American division.   

Prior to joining Körber Tissue in 2011, Mr. Augustine worked for the Otis Elevator Company where he consistently exceeded profit plans and customer satisfaction targets.  Starting in 2002 as an Account Manager in Service Sales, he rose to be Branch Manager – Central Indiana Operations in 2006, then General Manager – Hartford in 2008, and finally Regional General Manager – New York Suburbs in 2011, where he provided strategic direction and performance management for seven field offices.  

Mr. Augustine served in the US Army and rose to the rank of Captain, Armor Branch.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University and an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin.

David Buchanan

David Buchanan

Voith Paper North America

David Buchanan, President of Voith Paper North America, has been in his current role since 2016. Mr. Buchanan has business line responsibility for Products and Services out of Appleton, Wisconsin. His career with Voith spans more than 30 years, and he has worked in many positions including service, sales, product management, project management, business development and several leadership roles over sales. Most of his career has been spent on the Fabric and Roll Systems side of the business before transferring to Products and Service in 2014.

Prior to 2014, Mr. Buchanan was the Vice President of Sales for Fabric and Roll Systems in Wilson, North Carolina, where he was responsible for all sales and service in North America. He held this position from 2008 to 2014. Before that, he was Technical Director for the Fabrics business from 2007 to 2008 and Business Development Manager for Fabrics from 2002 to 2007.

Mr. Buchanan has an extensive knowledge of the North American paper industry and is very familiar with the top paper manufacturing companies that Voith does business with today.

Mr. Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. He also holds a certification from the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI).

Mike Gray
Michael (Mike) Gray

Area Sr. Vice President,  Capital Business, NA

Michael Gray has over 15 years experience in the industry and has been with Valmet for ten years. He leads Valmet’s Paper Capital Businesses in North America.  Mr. Gray was the Vice President of the Paper Business and Sales, NA at Valmet from 2007 to 2016.  Prior to these roles, he worked in many different positions in Beloit Corporation, Metso, and Valmet: Vice President and General Manager (2002-2007), Business Manager (2000-2002); Director of Packaging Grades (1997-2000), Sales Manager (1994-1997), and Product Manager (1988-1994).  

Mr. Gray holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Business Degree in International Business from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI). He and his wife Lori live in Wisconsin and have three adult daughters.  They enjoy a variety of outdoor activities during their free time.

Jim Haeffele

James (Jim) Haeffele

Vice President Technology, Material Breakthrough
Essity North America Inc.

After completing his degree in Industrial Management at Winona State University in Minnesota in 1983, James Haeffele began his long and successful career in the tissue industry at Wisconsin Tissue, based in Menasha, Wisconsin, which was acquired by SCA in 2001. He has held various notable positions in operations management, including VP of Tissue Making for Wisconsin Tissue, General Manager for the Menasha Paper Mill and Director of Southeast Operations based in Barton, Alabama, for SCA. Mr. Haeffele also has extensive experience managing large capital projects, such as the installation and start-up of four large high-speed tissue machines, two of which were part of greenfield tissue mill installations in Barton, Alabama, and Sahagun, Mexico. His current position is Vice President Technology, Material Breakthrough at Essity North America Inc.

Mr. Haeffele has been a member of TAPPI since 1999 and has served as a member of the TAPPI Tissue Advisory Council and as Chair, TAPPI Tissue Division Steering Committee.

Sean Ireland
Sean P. Ireland

FiberLean® Technologies NA Inc.

Sean Ireland is the President of FibeLean® Technologies NA Inc. and Vice President, Global Business Development for FiberLean Technologies GmbH. He has over 30 years’ experience in electronics, electrical engineering and process control from the military to industrial manufacturing; however, his real desire is in growing new technologies globally through his passion and motivation. Over a decade ago, his interest shifted to the physical and surface sciences of nano-scale technologies with a focus on cellulosic nanomaterials. During the past decade, Mr. Ireland has delivered multiple keynote presentations on nanotechnology to diverse audiences across the globe, striving to motivate them to work with these new materials. Additionally, he has been integral in working with multiple government agencies to obtain federal funding for critically needed nanocellulosics research and development.

Prior to working for FiberLean Technologies, Mr. Ireland served in the U.S. military where he earned his officer commission and his wings. He then went on to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Later, he was appointed as the Commander of the 174th Forward Operating Location (FOL) located at 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, until accepting a position within the pulp and paper industry.

Over the past 20 years Mr. Ireland has worked for Champion International, International Paper and Verso Paper during which he is credited with patents and applications in neural modeling, non-linear systems, control algorithms, specialty paper and coating formulations. He has authored or co-authored several technical papers on non-linear systems and nanocellulose technology and papers on the vision for nanotechnology. Mr. Ireland is very active in TAPPI’s Nanotechnology and other divisions. He was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Maine, was the first Chair for the TAPPI Nano Division, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for P3Nano.

Matt Szymanski
Matthew (Matt) Szymanski

Vice President, Mill Operations
Green Bay Packaging

Matthew Szymanski is Green Bay Packaging’s Vice President of Mill Operations.  In this role, he has responsibility for the Company’s Green Bay Mill Division, Arkansas Kraft Division, and Pinecrest Paper Slitting Division.

Prior to being named vice president of mill operations, Mr. Szymanski was the vice president/general manager of Arkansas Kraft Division with previous experience of over 25 years in chemical/process engineering, technical sales, operations management, and general management. Before his work at Green Bay Packaging’s Arkansas Kraft Division, Mr. Szymanski spent much of his career at Green Bay Packaging’s 100% recycled, 100% closed water loop mill in Green Bay, WI where he held the position of general manager prior to moving to Arkansas.

Mr. Szymanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Wisconsin System. He has just completed his service on TAPPI’s Board of Directors.

Larry Warren

Larry Warren

Senior Director of Health and Safety
Pulp and Paper/Corporate

Larry Warren is a native of western North Carolina. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology.  

Mr. Warren began his career in the paper industry in 1985 at the International Paper mill in Georgetown, SC. During his tenure there, he served as a Process Engineer, Tour Foreman, Paper Technical Group Leader, and Paper Machine Superintendent. In 1991, he joined Willamette Industries as the Development Engineer for the Fine Paper group and was subsequently promoted to Technical Services Manager for the Fine Paper group. In 1996, Mr. Warren became the Plant Manager at Willamette’s Owensboro, Kentucky converting operation. In 2007, with the creation of Domtar as a result of Weyerhaeuser’s acquisition of Willamette and subsequent sale, he was promoted to Director of Converting and relocated to Fort Mill, SC. In February of 2015, Mr. Warren assumed the role of Senior Director of Health and Safety, Pulp and Paper/Corporate.