Mark S. Sutton
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, International Paper
Mark Sutton became chairman of the International Paper Board of Directors on January 1, 2015 and CEO of International Paper on November 1, 2014. Immediately prior to becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer with responsibility for leading and running the company’s global businesses. He has been a member of the International Paper board of directors since June 1, 2014.
Sutton has been with the company his entire career. He joined International Paper in 1984 as an engineer at the Pineville, La., mill. In 1994, he was named mill manager at the Thilmany, Wisc., mill, which at the time was part of International Paper’s industrial papers business. In 2000, Sutton relocated to Europe to serve as director of European corrugated packaging operations and was promoted to vice president and general manager responsible for all corrugated packaging operations across seven countries in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region in 2002. In 2005, he was named vice president of corporate strategic planning and relocated to Memphis. He was named senior vice president, global supply chain, in 2007 and in 2009 became senior vice president, printing and communications papers – the Americas. Sutton was appointed to senior vice president, industrial packaging, in November 2011.
Sutton is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the American Forest & Paper Association Board of Directors and the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo. He was appointed Chairman of the U.S. Russian Business Council and was also appointed to the U.S. Section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. Sutton also serves on the Board of Directors of Memphis Tomorrow and Board of Governors for New Memphis Institute.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University.