The RISI Top 50 Power List 2011

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The RISI Top 50 Power List 2011

July 08, 2011 - 00:00

BRUSSELS, July 8, 2011 (RISI) -A couple of mega-takeovers (although one is still an attempt) along with a series of smaller acquisitions helped keep some familiar names at the top of thePower List in 2011. Just as International Paper(IP) is the perennial leader in thePPITop100, so its CEO, John Faraci, heads the PowerList for the second year in a row. After acquiring a majority interest in India's Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills (APPM), Faraci set IP's sights on Temple-Inland. At presstime, this was still a hotly-contested takeover attempt,but analysts believe the possible synergies will make the deal come together.

Jim Rubright, CEO of RockTenn moves up the list with his company's audacious takeover of Smurfit-Stone. And of course, it is impossible to talk about the industry without mentioning APP's Chairman, TeguhGanda Wijaya. As well as startups, APP, through its subsidiary, Paper Excellence, has bought up five pulp mills in Canada as well as mills in Germany and France.

While the 2011 Power List contains many familiar names, we have the up and comers such as Wasilenkoff as well as the offbeat. The April 29 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton attracted a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions and was a boon to publishers as special royal wedding supplements (newspaper and magazine) flooded the newsstands.

Electronic and social media continue to make their mark and Twitter and LinkedIn have moved up the rankings ladder. Industry associations have really made their presence felt in the industry in the past year and several of their leaders are on the list. Political decisions and even a food scare also make an appearance.

Again this year, we stress that this is a non-scientific poll and so there will be names left off who perhaps should have made the final cut while the inclusion of others may lead to questions. But, the aim still is to create a dialogue. We want to hear from you about people who have not madethe list and perhaps should have. We would also like to hear opinions about those on the list. To join in the discussion, check out the RISI Group on LinkedIn.

Usually our Power List contains at least one investment analyst or portfolio managerfrom the industry. This year however the quality and quantity of contenders was so high we couldn't possibly choose between them. Suffice to say these important financial professionals have a major impact on the industry both in the present, and looking to the future.

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