Mark Sutton became chairman of the International Paper Board of Directors on January 1, 2015, and CEO on November 1, 2014. Immediately prior to becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer with responsibility for leading and running the company’s global businesses. He has been a member of the International Paper Board of Directors since June 1, 2014.
Sutton has been with the company his entire career. He joined International Paper in 1984, as an engineer at the Pineville, La., mill. In 1994, he was named mill manager at the Thilmany, Wisc., mill which at the time was part of International Paper’s industrial papers business. In 2000, Sutton relocated to Europe to serve as director of European corrugated packaging operations and was promoted to vice president and general manager responsible for all corrugated packaging operations across seven countries in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region in 2002. In 2005, he was named vice president of corporate strategic planning and relocated to Memphis. He was elected senior vice president, global supply chain, in 2007 and in 2009 became senior vice president, printing and communications papers – the Americas. Sutton was appointed senior vice president, industrial packaging, in November 2011.
Sutton serves on the Board of Directors for The Kroger Company. He is a member of the Business Council, serves on the American Forest & Paper Association Board of Directors, the Business Roundtable Board of Directors, and the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo. He was appointed Chairman of the U.S. Russian Business Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Memphis Tomorrow and the Board of Governors for New Memphis Institute.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University
The International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) is an American pulp and paper company, the largest such company in the world. It has approximately 56,000 employees, and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
The company was incorporated January 31, 1898, upon the merger of 17 pulp and paper mills in the northeastern United States. Its founders and first two presidents were William Augustus Russell, who died suddenly in January 1899, and Hugh J. Chisholm. The newly formed company supplied 60 percent of all newsprint in the country.