USDA Appoints Paper and Packaging Board Members for 2021

The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) announces the appointment of James Harrell, Sonoco; Pete Watson, Greif; and, Rob Melton, Domtar by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for a three-year board term beginning January 2021. Three seats were open on the board including a South seat filled by Harrell and a seat representing the rest of the U.S. filled by Watson. Melton fills the Importer seat.

A nine-member Board of Directors representing the four grades of paper funding the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign oversees the paper and packaging sectors’ national promotion program. For 2021, officers and board members include:

  • Chair, Scott Light, Executive Vice President, Packaging & Cellulose, Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Vice-Chair, Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Fred Towler, Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President Global Talent Management, International Paper Co.
  • Michael P. Doss, President and CEO, Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • James Harrell, Vice President and General Manager Paper, NA, Sonoco
  • Rob Melton, Vice President and General Manager, Paper, Domtar
  • Kingsley Shannon, SVP, Segment President – Fine Paper & Packaging Division, Neenah, Inc.
  • Steven C. Voorhees, CEO, WestRock
  • Pete Watson, President and CEO, Greif, Inc.

Find the current roster and learn more at  

About Paper and Packaging Board
The Paper and Packaging Board promotes paper products and paper-based packaging as a planet-friendly choice that helps create a healthier planet. Forty-six U.S. manufacturers and importers collectively fund the national marketing campaign,