John Sims

Senior Vice President & President, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia

International Paper

John Sims, after serving seven years in the U. S. Navy’s Submarine Force and reaching the rank of LCDR, began his career with International Paper in 1994 in the Liquid Packaging Business. John has held various positions in International Paper including technical services manager, sheet plant manager, director of supply chain, and director of sales & business management.

In 2008, John was appointed an officer of International Paper and promoted to vice president strategic planning. He was named vice president finance & strategic planning of Industrial Packaging business in July 2009 and in January 2013 became the vice president and general manager of the North American Papers business. He became vice president and general manager, European Papers in March 2016 and was appointed senior vice president and president, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia in the same year.

John is director on the ILIM Group and ILIM SA board of directors.

John holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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