Executive Vice President, Consumer Products Group
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Kathleen A. Walters is a senior executive with extensive operating experience in the consumer products and paper industry, both domestically and internationally. She is currently executive vice president of Georgia-Pacific and group president of the company’s Consumer Products Group, leading an organization which contains the largest retail and commercial tissue and tabletop businesses in North America spanning more than 30 manufacturing facilities and 15,000 employees.
Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific in 2004, she was chief executive officer of SAPPI Fine Paper North America. Prior to being CEO, she held a number of key leadership positions in Europe and the U.S. for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Scott Paper Company, including president - away from home - Europe for Kimberly-Clark based in London. Ms. Walters has served as a member of the Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL) board of directors as chair of the compensation committee and as a management advisor to the Sappi Limited (NYSE:SPP) board of directors.
Known for her ability to develop business strategies, Ms. Walters has a proven record of leading business groups – in differing industries, companies and geographies – to improved earnings from growth through innovation, revenue improvement and cost-efficiency strategies. She is adept at aligning large organizations with a vision for the business while simultaneously enabling operational improvements that help individual units execute on strategic initiatives.
Ms. Walters’ functional management experience includes marketing, sales, logistics, financial analysis, treasury, investor relations and community relations. Her career experiences include positions in North America and Europe, as well as sales and trading management in Asia.
Ms. Walters is currently vice chair of the board of trustees for Syracuse University and is a member of the board’s executive committee. She is a member of the board of directors and executive committee for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She serves on the boards of INVISTA, the Georgia Aquarium, and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
Ms. Walters has an M.B.A., graduating with distinction from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Syracuse University.
She and her husband, Stanley Walters, are the parents of two grown children, Stanley and Elizabeth, who also reside in Atlanta. The family previously resided in Philadelphia, London and Boston.