Jari Suominen, the executive vice-president (EVP) of the forest division and a member of the group leadership team of Stora Enso, has decided to leave the company. After more than 25 years with the company, Jari will now pursue career opportunities outside of Stora Enso.
Per Lyrvall, currently the EVP legal, has been appointed as the new EVP forest division. Per will assume the role at the beginning of December and continue as a member of the group leadership team (GLT).
Jari Suominen joined Stora Enso in 1995 and has led the company’s forest division since its inception in 2020. Before that, Jari was EVP and head of Stora Enso’s wood products division since 2014.
“I would like to thank Jari for all his contributions to Stora Enso throughout the years; it has been a true pleasure working together. Jari has driven transformation in the wood products division, setting up our building solutions business, and now lately established the new forest division. On behalf of all colleagues, I would like to wish him success and good luck in his future endeavors,” said Stora Enso’s president and CEO Annica Bresky.
“After a long and rewarding career at Stora Enso, it’s now time for me to take the next step. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had in the company and, of course, all the fantastic colleagues that I have been fortunate enough to work with over the years,” says Jari Suominen.
Per Lyrvall joined the company in 1994 and has been a member of the GLT since 2012 and general counsel since 2008. Per will continue his current responsibilities as Stora Enso’s country head in Sweden in addition to the new role as head of the forest division.
“I am excited to take on the opportunity to lead the forest division. Our forest assets and operations are at the very foundation of our growth platform. I look forward to continuing Jari Suominen’s work to advance our forestry operations with a focus on sustainability, biodiversity, and wood supply services that support Stora Enso’s strategic ambitions,” says Per Lyrvall
The search for a new general counsel has been initiated. In the interim period, Christian Swartling, currently senior vice-president, group legal, will assume the acting role in the position.
2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India
Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and
multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.
The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry.
While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately
their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book
printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.
The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.
Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.
Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.
Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.