Executive team

Meet the experienced business people who lead Tembec.
James Lopez
President and Chief Executive Officer
James Lopez

After 16 years in progressively senior positions at Tembec, James Lopez was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2006.

Mr. Lopez began his career at Synergetics, an international consulting firm, where his client base included a diverse group of companies in the manufacturing sector, including Tembec. He subsequently accepted a management position at the Kellogg Company with responsibility for the construction, commissioning and ongoing operation of a major food-processing facility.

In 1989, Mr. Lopez joined Tembec as a Manager in Corporate Development, where he participated in or directed numerous projects related to strategic planning, business development and organizational development. He was appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Chemical Products Group in 1994, followed by Vice President, Specialty Products Division of the Forest Products Group in 1996.

Three years later, in 1999, Mr. Lopez was asked to take responsibility for the strategic and operational management of more than 40 million acres of public and private woodlands as Executive Vice President of the Forest Resource Management Group. This position included managing the supply of fibre to the Company’s various operating divisions. In this position, Mr. Lopez worked closely with Tembec’s previous President and CEO to significantly raise the Company’s corporate sustainability profile. He led the Forest Resource Management Group to a number of landmark achievements in forest certification and conservation, which included playing a key role in establishing the Ontario Living Legacy initiative and Ontario Forestry Accord.

In August 2003, Mr. Lopez was appointed Executive Vice President and President of Tembec’s Forest Products Group, which put him in charge of the Group’s overall direction, including Forest Resource Management. He held this position right up to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Lopez has been active in a number of industry trade and technical associations. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Forest Industry Association (OFIA), the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC), and Woodworks, an organization that promotes the use of wood in residential and commercial construction. He also holds a seat on, and is Chairman of, the Board of Directors of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and is a Co-Chairman of the Bi-National Softwood Lumber Council between Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Montreal-based FP Innovations which is among the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research centres.

Born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1959, Mr. Lopez is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics.

Chris Black
Executive Vice President, Forest Products, Pulp and Paper
Chris Black

Chris Black was appointed Executive Vice President, Forest Products, Pulp and Paper on October 16, 2013. Mr. Black’s most recent role was Executive Vice President, Paper and Paper Pulp and he has held progressively more senior roles since joining Tembec in 2000 as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Newsprint Division.

Mr. Black began his career in 1983 with Kimberly-Clark Corporation where, over a ten-year period, he held progressively more senior positions in the finance and marketing functions. In 1992, Mr. Black joined Navistar as Director of Marketing and continued in the heavy truck industry in several sales and general management roles until his appointment with Tembec in 2000.

Born in Barrie, Ontario in 1958, Mr. Black is a graduate of York University in Toronto with a B.A. in Economics (1980) and a M.B.A. (Finance) also from York University (1982).

Linda Coates
Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs
Linda Coates

Linda Coates was appointed Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs on  August 1, 2012. Ms. Coates joined Tembec in May 2011 as Corporate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, and she retains these accountabilities.

Ms. Coates is responsible for leading the continued transformation of the organization as the senior executive accountable for all aspects of the Human Resources function, as well as for Internal and External Communications.

Over the course of her 25-year career, Ms. Coates has held various senior executive positions in Canada and Europe with global, diversified, leading companies involved in the sectors of mining and metallurgy (Noranda, now Xstrata), cement and related products (St. Lawrence Cement, now Holcim) and high technology manufacturing (Bombardier). Ms. Coates graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics and Communications from Université de Montréal and a Master Degree in Business Administration from Université de Sherbrooke.

Paul Dottori
Vice President, Energy, Environment and Technology

A native of Timmins, Ontario, Paul Dottori has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He joined Tembec in 1987, and over the course of his 20 year career has worked in roles of increasing accountability in the areas of engineering, project management, maintenance, construction, purchasing, and operations.

In 2000, Mr. Dottori was promoted to a corporate role supporting major projects, engineering and merger and acquisition activities. He was appointed Vice President, Energy, Environment & Technology with Tembec’s corporate group in October 2006.

Paul is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec. He is a past Board Director of the Industrial Gas Users Association. He continues to be actively involved with committees and industry associations focused on solutions within the Electricity and Energy sectors. He brings extensive experience and knowledge in energy and environmental operations and management and in Government and First Nations relations.

Michel Dumas
Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Michel Dumas

After obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa in May 1980, Michel Dumas joined Tembec in 1985 as Controller for the High-Yield Pulp Mill in Temiscaming, Quebec. In 1991, he became Vice President, Finance and CFO of Spruce Falls Inc., an affiliate of Tembec, and in 1997 was promoted to Executive Vice President, Finance and CFO of Tembec.

Patrick LeBel
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Patrick LeBel

Patrick LeBel was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary effective August 1, 2010. Mr. LeBel joined Tembec in 2006 as a Senior Counsel. Mr. LeBel is a graduate of McGill University with a bachelor in Commerce (1995) and holds a Law degree from Université de Montréal (1998). Mr. LeBel is a member of the Québec Bar since 1999. From 1999 until he joined Tembec, Mr. LeBel garnered experience in various fields of law, including commercial, corporate, tax and litigation, while working as an associate lawyer in private practice.

Marcus Moeltner
Vice President Business Development

Marcus Moeltner was appointed Vice President Business Development, effective July 26, 2011.

He began his career in 1987 with Kimberly-Clark Corporation where, over a 12-year period, he held financial positions of increasing responsibility in the pulp, family care and personal care sectors, with assignments in Canada, Europe and the United States.

Mr. Moeltner joined Tembec in July 2000 as Director Business Planning, held business analysis positions of increasing responsibility, and was appointed Vice President Corporate Development in 2004.

From January 2005 to May 2008 he was Vice President Finance of Grant Forest Products, then rejoined Tembec in May 2008 as Vice President Corporate Development.

Mr. Moeltner has an Honors Bachelor of Commerce (1987) degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury and holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation (1992).

Christian Ribeyrolle
Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose and President, Tembec France SAS
Christian Ribeyrolle

Christian Ribeyrolle was appointed Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose on Februray 15, 2013. Mr. Ribeyrolle, who holds a chemical engineering degree from l’École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand in France, joined Tembec in 2003 as Manager of the pulp mill in Tartas, France. In 2008, he was promoted to the position of Director of Sales, Specialty Cellulose, and in 2009, he became Senior Vice President, Specialty Cellulose, and President, Tembec France SAS. Mr. Ribeyrolle began his career in the pulp and paper sector in 1988. Prior to joining Tembec, he worked in the specialty paper sector for 15 years and managed a food packaging paper mill for Ahlstrom Group. Mr. Ribeyrolle is also a Director of COPACEL, the French Pulp and Paper Association called Confédération Française de l’Industrie des Papiers, Cartons & Celluloses.

Q&A with our CEO

Jim Lopez on where Tembec has been, and where Tembec is headed:

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