Tommy S. Joseph joined International Paper in 1982 as process engineer at the Natchez, Miss., mill.
He was named manager of Manufacturing Technical Services for the Printing and Communications Papers Division in 1996. In 1997 he was named manager of the Camden, Ark., mill where he served until 1998 when he became manager of the Mansfield, La., mill. In March 2001, Tommy was promoted to manufacturing director – Containerboard and Kraft / business manager - Kraft Papers until the following year when he was named general manager of the Industrial Papers business. Tommy was promoted to vice president of Specialty Papers in 2002, vice president of Technology in 2005, and vice president, global manufacturing, in November 2008.
In February 2009 Tommy was named senior vice president, Manufacturing and Technology, with responsibility for the implementation of global manufacturing initiatives, technology and Environment Health & Safety. January 1, 2010, he also assumed responsibility for Global Supply Chain Sourcing. He will retire effective March 31, 2020.