Veteran Glatfelter spokesman to retire in early 2017

William Yanavitch II to depart March 31; current firm VP Eileen Beck to succeed him

The veteran spokesman for York-based Glatfelter will retire in early 2017, and a current vice president with the international specialty-paper firm will take his place.

William Yanavitch II, Glatfelter’s senior vice president of human resources and administration, will retire from the company effective March 31, the company announced.

Eileen Beck, vice president of global compensation and benefits for Glatfelter, has been selected as his successor.

She will have overall responsibility for Glatfelter’s global human resources and corporate communications functions, the company’s webpage notes.

Yanavitch, who has been with Glatfelter since 2000, has shown himself to be “an exceptional leader and business partner” for the company, its Chairman and CEO Dante Parrini said in the statement.

Yanavitch has helped Glatfelter as it continues its transition into a leading global engineered materials company, and he established a comprehensive talent-management and recruiting process that has allowed the firm to recruit, employ and retain top talent, Parrini also said.

Yanavitch joined the company in July 2000 as vice president of human resources and was promoted to senior vice president of human resources and administration in 2014.

Beck joined Glatfelter in 2012 as global director of compensation and benefits, and was promoted to her current role in September 2015.

Before joining Glatfelter, she worked for Armstrong World Industries for some 28 years, with leadership assignments in shared services and corporate human resources.

Glatfelter, a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, is headquartered in downtown York and employs over 4,300 people.

It serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Its U.S. operations include facilities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, with international operations in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines and sales and distribution offices in China and Russia.

In early 2016, it announced plans for a manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Ark.

Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.7 billion annually, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT.

David O'Connor
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