Moving into the top spot in 2012 is Domtar's John Williams. Thus far, most of what the company touches turns, if not to gold, then to "green". It is in the forefront of much of the innovation going on today within the industry.
Staying in the Number 2 position is Teguh Ganda Wijaya of APP. Constantly in the headlines, good and bad, APP has a knack for making waves around the world and has been very active on the acquisition scene.
International Paper's John Faraci is a perennial selection, always near the top for his business acumen. UPM's Jussi Pesonen is another pioneer who has moved up a few rungs on the ladder for his leadership in bringing UPM more into the "bio" sphere.
While the 2012 Power List contains many familiar names, we have the up and comers such as Klabin's Schvartsman as well as the offbeat. This year, these include the summer Olympics set for London, the continuing economic woes of Greece, as well as the US presidential election. Electronic media also still has a place on the list with the inclusion of the iPad3.
We even have a CEO, Jose Carlos Grubisich, who has just taken over as CEO of a company, Eldorado Brazil, whose mill has not even started up yet.
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 with our readers. We want to hear from you about people who have not made the 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.