He’s Got the Pulp: Schalka Sets Record as LA CEO of the Year, Paper360º September/October 2019
Walter Schalka, CEO of Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano, is Fastmarkets RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year for a record-setting fifth consecutive time. Leader of the main market pulp producer in the world, with about 29 percent of the world’s share of bleached hardwood market pulp, Schalka now controls a group with capacity to produce 11.4 million metric tpy of pulp.
Analysts who voted for Schalka praised his attitude toward transparency and effective communication with the market. “I vote for Mr. Schalka for his commitment on supply discipline, his openness when addressing the outlook for shareholder value, as well as his focus and clarity when speaking about profit-ability,” one analyst wrote. Another voter mentioned Schalka as an influencer and an active participant in social media, “leading important discussions” for the sector and the Brazilian industry.
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