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Don Lewis Named President of SCA–Americas

Don Lewis has been named president of SCA’s Americas Business Unit, which has operations in the Flagstaff, Ariz., region. In this role he will be responsible for overseeing all of SCA’s businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America, and will serve as a member of the company’s global leadership team.

Lewis joined SCA in 2001 and was previously president of SCA’s North American away from home tissue division which manufactures and sells the Tork brand of towel, tissue, napkins and wipers used in professional settings such as office buildings, restaurants, schools, health care facilities and arenas.

SCA has nearly 260 employees at its mill in Flagstaff and converting plant in Bellemont. In addition to Arizona, SCA’s North American tissue division, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, has manufacturing facilities in Alabama, New York and Wisconsin, and employs more than 2,200 in the United States and Canada.

In his new role, Lewis will also be responsible for the Americas efforts for other SCA brands including TENA, the world’s leading incontinence care brand; Saba, the leading feminine care brand in Mexico and Central America; and a number of other consumer and business-to-business brands the company makes and sells throughout the Americas. Sales in 2010 for this part of SCA’s business totaled $2.2 billion.

“SCA is a strong company with tremendous potential. We have growing brands, exciting innovations driven by customer and consumer insights and a long history of strong sustainability practices globally and in the Americas. I am excited about this new challenge and look forward to working with my team to drive increased growth and profitability for SCA’s brands in the Americas,” says Lewis.

Lewis has nearly 25 years of experience in the paper industry and prior to joining SCA was with Encore Paper, which SCA later acquired, and Fort Howard Paper Company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Youngstown University.

Joseph Russo has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, for SCA’s North American away from home professional hygiene business. In this new role Russo will take the lead for sales and marketing of the SCA’s away from home tissue business in the U.S. and Canada. Russo has been with SCA and its predecessors for 19 years and was previously vice president of sales distribution for U.S. and Canada for SCA’s North American tissue division. Russo earned an MBA in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, N.J. and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J.

“Joe and I have worked side by side for two decades. I am confident that in his new expanded leadership role Joe will continue to propel the growth of the Tork brand,” said Lewis.

SCA’s Americas leadership team now boasts two additional professionals from the company’s North American Tork tissue business.

Michael Jansen takes on a promotion to the new role of vice president of product planning and logistics for SCA Americas. Jansen has been with SCA for 11 years and was previously vice president of finance and CFO and also vice president of supply chain for SCA’s North American away from home tissue division. Prior to joining SCA, Jansen held management roles at Schreiber Foods, Unilever and Wisconsin Tissue. He earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Fred Albrecht has been promoted into the new position of vice president, supply chain for SCA Americas. Albrecht has been with SCA for nearly 10 years and was previously vice president of manufacturing for SCA’s North American away from home tissue division. He has also worked with the company in the areas of sales, marketing, human resources and training and development. Prior to joining SCA, Albrecht was with Champion International Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline and Right Management Consultants. He earned a master’s degree in safety from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

The remaining members of SCA’s Americas Leadership Team include Amy Bellcourt, vice president communications; Michael Casamento, vice president finance; Jaime Costa, senior advisor for Latin America; Pablo Fuentes, vice (more)
president of the Mexico and Central America division; Kevin Gorman, vice president legal; John O’Rourke, vice president human resources; Jan Schiavone, vice president of the South America division; and Bruno Zepeda, vice president of sales and marketing personal care in North America.

About SCA
SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal-care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, and in the U.S. sells the TENA line of bladder control products and Tork brand napkins, paper towels, bath tissue and wipers. Global sales in 2010 were $15 billion. SCA has approximately 45,000 employees. SCA’s Americas headquarters is in the Cira Centre in Philadelphia. For more information visit, www.sca.com/us.


Photographed, Don Lewis- Center   Photo by Michael Bielecki

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