Chairman & MD
Mr. Donald Paul Devlin has Twenty-nine years of diverse experience and leadership with international and U.S. based businesses. A graduate of Siena College in Albany, NY with a BBA and major in Accounting. His career began in Boston, MA working for John Hancock Real Estate before joining an engineering and construction company in NY. He spent nine years working forAhlstrom-Kamyr in various finance and project leadership roles, including the project controller for a green-field pulp mill start-up.
He joined International Paper in 1998 as a manager of business analysis and then became controller of the Riegelwood Mill in1999. In 2002, he moved to Brussels, Belgium to join IP’s European finance team as the Director of Finance for the European Papers Business. In 2004, he moved out of finance to become the Director of Strategic Planning for IP’s EMEA operations focusing on the divestiture of non-core & under performing assets as well as developing growth opportunities in Eastern Europe and Russia. During 2006 and 2007 he had the opportunity to lead the due diligence process for acquiring the Ilim Group, Russia’s largest pulp and paper company.
In 2007, he moved back to the US to join IP’s Industrial Packaging Group as the controller for IP’s Containerboard Division responsible for leading an organization of 100+ people and the finance operations of 15 containerboard mills and 21 recycling plants. As a member of the business lead team, he helped to develop the strategy and direction of the business.
In 2010, he became the finance director for Container, The Americas, which is IP’s system of converting plants and specialty businesses in North, Central and South America. As the finance director for CTA, he was responsible for leading an organization of 400+ people, and finance operations of 180 container and specialty plants. As a member of the business lead team, he helped to develop and implement the strategy and direction of the business.
In 2012, he became the director of corporate audit for International Paper’s global operations and then became Vice President of Corporate Audit in 2015. The audit organization works with IP’s Audit & Finance Committee as well as management to help the company manage risk and controls compliance for global operations.
He was appointed as Director of the Company effective February 22, 2017. He assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director with effect from April 28, 2017. He is currently on the Boards of International Paper (India) Private Ltd. and IP India Foundation.