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European paper industry announces new Director General

CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) announces the appointment of Sylvain Lhôte as its new Director General.

As of 5 September 2016, Sylvain Lhôte will take over from the current Acting Director General, Jori Ringman. Mr. Lhôte is currently Vice-president Governmental Affairs in Europe for Alcoa, the leading aluminium and light metals engineering group.

Prior to joining Alcoa, Sylvain directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry and led a global CSR programme for the company in the EMEA region. He previously chaired the Fleishman-Hillard Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department, advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and public affairs strategies. Sylvain began his career in parliamentary cabinets at the European Parliament and the French National Assembly.

French national, Sylvain studied political sciences, international law and business administration at Strasbourg and Paris-Sorbonne Universities and post-graduated cum laude in European Administration at the College of Europe in Bruges.

For more information:
Annie Xystouris, a.xystouris@cepi.org, tel. +32(0)486243642

Press release: European paper industry announces new Director General, Sylvain Lhôte