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 - Consumer Products Group for Georgia-Pacific, 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 her association with Georgia-Pacific, she held a number of key leadership positions in Europe and the U.S. for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Scott Paper Company, and was CEO of SAPPI Fine Paper North America.
Known for her ability to develop business strategies, Ms. Walters has a proven record of leading business groups -- in differing situations, 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 understanding operational details 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 profit and loss accountability in North America and Europe, as well as sales and trading management in Asia.
As a member of the Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL) board of directors from 2005-2010, she served as the chair of the compensation committee and on other special committees of the board. As the President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America, she was a management advisor to the Sappi Limited (NYSE:SPP) board of directors. She currently serves on the boards of INVISTA, the Georgia Aquarium, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University.
Ms. Walters earned 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.