Organisation and management

Here you will find Billerud's organisational structure and a presentation of the group management team.

Organisational structure

Our organisation follows the business flow and is built around three areas of responsibility: Wood Supply, Operations and Commercial. The resources for sustainability, innovation and strategy are gathered in a common function: Sustainability & Strategic Development.

 

The business is organised into the business flow functions Commercial, Operations and Wood supply and is governed through the product areas Board and Paper. In addition, we offer packaging solutions and related services to brand owners.

Wood supply

Wood from growing forests is our most important raw material resource in the drive to challenge conventional packaging. Long-term relationships and partnerships are crucial in a business that by nature needs to be long-term.

Operations

Billerud’s production facilities are modern and geographically well located, close to the wood raw material. We strive to increase production stability and availability through targeted improvement work.

Commercial

All commercial activities are gathered in Commercial. In selected premium segments, our aim is to increase customers’ competitiveness and create new applications for our products.


Group management team

Christoph Michalski

President & Chief Executive Officer
Born:1966
Employed:2020
Education:
Master in Economics, Christian Albrechts University
Background:
CEO Vinda International, President SCA Hygiene, President SCA Asia Pacific, Director Global Marketing and Business Development Fonterra Brands, Unilever – various executive positions
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
47 115

Ivar Vatne

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Deputy CEO
Born:1978
Employed:2019
Education:
MSc in Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)
Other assignments:
Board member of Paper Bottle Company A/S
Background:
CFO Arla Foods UK Ltd, CFO Arla Foods AB, Vice President Finance Europe Region Fiskars. Various positions in Procter & Gamble (P&G) for 10 years
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
13 329

Paulina Ekvall

Executive Vice President Human Resources and Communications
Born:1968
Employed:2017
Education:
Bachelor in HR Management/labor law, Lund University
Background:
Sr Dir HR Arla Foods AB, VP HR Unilever Nordics, HR Director Nordics Johnson&Johnson Consumer, HR Director Pfizer Health AB
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
8 926

Matthew Hirst

Executive Vice President Commercial & Sustainability
Born:1977
Employed:2021
Education:
Bachelor in Sports Science and Recreation Management, Loughborough University. Masters in Management, Durham University
Background:
Vice President Category Professional Hygiene, Essity. Global Brand Director, Essity. Various sales and marketing roles Essity
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
2 924

Robert A. Kreizenbeck

Executive Vice President North America
Born:1968
Employed:2022
Education:
Bachelor in Metallurgical Engineering (University of Washington); Master in Business Administration (Mississippi College)
Background:
SVP Operations Verso, VP Operations WestRock Company and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (now a subsidiary of WestRock Company), various operations management roles at International Paper and Abitibi Consolidated.

Tor Lundqvist

Executive Vice President Operations
Born:1971
Employed:2010
Education:
MSc. Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Background:
Business Unit Director Div Solutions, BillerudKorsnäs. Mill Director Skärblacka Mill BillerudKorsnäs. Managing Director Hylte Mill, Stora Enso.
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
7 502

Andreas Mattsson

Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Born:1978
Employed:2013
Education:
Master of Law, Lund University.
Background:
Senior Associate, law firm Cederquist, International Visiting Attorney, Skadden Arps..
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
7 972

Erik Olsson

Executive Vice President Strategy
Born:1961
Employed:2021
Education:
Master in Computer technology/ Industrial automatization, Luleå University of Technology
Other assignments:
Board member of Svenska Aerogel AB
Background:
Executive Vice President and President Pöyry Management Consulting PLC, Leading positions within Norske Skog, SCA, Stora Enso and Sveaskog. Founded and built two bioenergy companies in USA
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
2 028

Anna-Maria Tuominen-Reini

Executive Vice President Procurement and Wood Supply
Born:1974
Employed:2021
Education:
MSc in Economics and Business Administration, Hanken School of Economics, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Helsinki School of Economics
Other assignments:
Board Member of Bergvik Skog Öst
Background:
Head of Procurement Metso Outotec, SVP Sourcing and Manufacturing Outotec, SVP Supply Chain, Supply Chain Director and VP Supply Chain Stora Enso, various roles at Unilever, Huhtamaki and Cebal
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
3 000

Stefan Ericsson

Chief Transformation Officer, Transformation Program
Born:1973
Employed:1999
Education:
MSc Electrical Engineering KTH / MSc. Royal Institute of Technology
Background:
Senior Director Technology BillerudKorsnäs, Director Operations BillerudKorsnäs, Acting Mill Director Frövi BillerudKorsnäs, BillerudKorsnäs Boardmill Manager Frövi Mill Korsnäs
Holdings in Billerud AB (publ):
8460

Kevin Kuznicki

General Counsel President, North America
Born:1961
Employed:2021
Education:
Bachelor of Political Science, Minor Business, Indiana University; Juris Doctor, Indiana University School of Law
Background:
SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Verso Corporation; SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, Jason Industries, Inc.; VP & Deputy General Counsel, Adient Plc; VP & General Counsel, Europe & Africa (Commercial Transactions) & Vice President General Counsel (Original Equipment), Johnson Controls, Inc.; Associate General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Carrier Access Corporation; Associate General Counsel, Voyant Technologies/Polycom, Inc; Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Vice President, The Signature Group; Counsel, Mutual Security Life Insurance Company