Glatfelter staffing changes aimed at spurring product development
Two staffing changes in Glatfelter's Specialty Papers Business Unit are expected to speed up new product development and improve customer service.
Timothy R. Hess was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, and Calvin Staudt Jr. has joined Glatfelter as vice president of manufacturing effective immediately, according to a news release. Both men will report to Brian Janki, vice president and general manager for Specialty Papers.
“These changes strengthen the Specialty Papers’ team, creating a more integrated leadership structure for both our commercial and manufacturing organizations,” Janki said in the release. “I expect these changes to accelerate our new product development engine and enhance our customer experience, while improving our operating efficiency and cost position — all of which are critical to our ongoing success in Specialty Papers.”
The Specialty Papers Business Unit handles book publishing, carbonless papers, envelopes and engineered products, said Bill Yanavitch, vice president of human resources and administration. Engineered products include FDA-compliant food and beverage papers, pressure-sensitive postage stamps, digital imaging, greeting and playing cards, conical cups, color papers for packaging materials, and casting and release papers, he said.
The Spring Grove plant produces the envelope and engineered products; the Chillicothe, Ohio, mill primarily produces book publishing and carbonless papers, he said.
“The change in leadership is an evolution from a divisional P&L model to a functional-based model,” Yanavitch said, adding that a similar model already exists in Glatfelter’s Composite Fibers and Advanced Airlaid Materials business units. “This provides the business unit the opportunity to better leverage our physical machine assets to produce solutions for our customers in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.”
Hess has been with Glatfelter for 20 years, bringing operational and commercial leadership experience and a strong technical background, according to the release. He will assume ownership of Specialty Papers’ commercial activities, including sales, marketing, product development and business development. In addition to his professional experience, Hess has a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the United States Military Academy and a master's degree in pulp and paper from the Institute for Paper Science and Technology.
Staudt will be responsible for all Specialty Papers operations, with an emphasis on safety, reliability and efficient mill operations, among other duties, according to the release. He has more than 30 years of industry manufacturing operations experience. Most recently, he served as general manager at Rock Tenn in Florence, S.C. Prior leadership roles include assignments with International Paper, Temple Inland and Evergreen Packaging. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He retired as a commander of the United States Naval Reserve in 1997.