The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI ) has appointed Sylvain Lhôte its new director general, effective Sept. 5. He will replace Jori Ringman, who is the current acting director general. Lhôte is currently vice president of governmental affairs in Europe for Alcoa.
“We are very pleased to welcome Sylvain Lhôte on board and are sure his leadership and expertise will help CEPI reach ever higher levels of excellence. We are thankful to both Marco Mensink for his work during his mandate and Jori Ringman, who ensured the smooth functioning of the organisation until the new Director General was found”, says Peter Oswald, CEPI chairman.
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 (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region. He previously chaired the Fleishman-Hillard Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department where he advised major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and public affairs strategies.