Domtar's John Williams was selected by analysts as RISI's North American CEO of the Year for steadying the company through 2009's pulp and paper industry demand plummet while also tracking down new revenue streams and slashing debt. Williams leads the white paper-dominated Domtar from a mostly brown grade background after being the president of Europe's No. 2 container-board-corrugated producer SCA Packaging. Williams has repositioned assets from declining uncoated markets to growing markets such as fluff pulp and energy. Most importantly, he is rewarding patient investors with re-establishing the dividend and repurchasing shares. Williams credited TEAM effort and said he led with a back to basics approach. Williams is the 10th man to win the top North American CEO honor, and joins a list of industry notables including IP's Faraci and John Dillon, Jefferson Smurfit's Michael W.J. Smurfit G-P's A.D. Pete Correll, and Weyerhaeuser's Steve Rogel.
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