Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT), a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered products, today announced the appointment of Chris Astley as Vice President-Corporate Strategy. Mr. Astley will replace Jack Leland, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, who has announced his intention to retire early in 2011. In this role, Chris will facilitate the development and execution of Glatfelter’s global corporate strategy as well as lead initiatives for business development and continuous improvement.
In making this announcement, Dante C. Parrini, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “We welcome Chris to Glatfelter and look forward to his leadership as we refine our strategies to strengthen our business by focusing on global growth opportunities, further specialization, and continuous improvement to position ourselves for further growth and improvement.”
Chris has served in various consulting roles with Glatfelter for over ten years. In this capacity, Mr. Astley was most recently charged with helping Glatfelter integrate its newly acquired Advanced Airlaid Materials Business Unit. Chris brings considerable experience in leading mission-critical corporate initiatives, working extensively in the pulp, paper and packaging industries over the last 15 years. Chris previously held positions with Accenture in their strategic services practice and with Coca-Cola, supporting long-term strategy development in their North American business unit. He also successfully led a privately held firm serving the commercial construction industry. His expertise includes corporate strategy, strategic business development, and profit improvement.
Chris holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.
Headquartered in York, PA, Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered products, offering over a century of experience, technical expertise and world-class service. U.S. operations include facilities in Spring Grove, PA, and Chillicothe and Fremont, OH. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines; a representative office in China; and a sales and distribution office in Russia. Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.4 billion annually and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT. Additional information is available at www.glatfelter.com.