PPI Awards 2024 Judges

Heidi Brock, President & CEO, American Forest & Paper Association

As President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Heidi Brock serves as the chief advocate for paper and wood products manufacturers. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future.

Brock joined AF&PA in 2019, establishing a strategic vision for the organization that has strengthened AF&PA’s advocacy mission and increased membership. Brock guided AF&PA throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with a steadfast focus on workplace safety and ensuring manufacturers can continue to deliver essential products. Under Brock’s leadership, AF&PA launched an award-winning website and earned two ASAE Silver Awards for communications efforts. In 2022, Brock was named one of Washington’s 500 Most Influential People by Washingtonian Magazine.

Brock serves as the Vice President of the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA) and Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors. She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) and serves on the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Advisors. She sits on the University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees, the Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Directors, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, and the DC Central Kitchen Board of Directors. She is also an active fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program. In 2018, Brock was awarded the CMA Leadership Award to recognize her work to promote sustainability and manufacturing.

Mark Rushton, Senior Editor, Europe and Asia, Paper360o

Brought up and schooled in southern Africa, Rushton moved with his family to the south of England in 1977. He trained as a journeyman printer and eventually set up a family printing business; he visited his first paper mill as a customer. When he decided to pursue a career in writing, Rushton landed a post as a journalist on Paper Europe and Paper Equipment & Materials magazines with Whitmar Publications in the UK. In 2008, Mark joined RISI as the freelance editor of Pulp & Paper International (PPI) magazine. After a merger between PPI and Tappi’s Paper360o magazine in 2016, Rushton became the title’s Senior Editor, Europe and Asia.

Jonathan Roberts, Partner, Pryor Roberts Communications, UK

Jonathan Roberts is a communications consultant and event moderator within the paper and fibre industry. He set up Pryor Roberts Communications in 1999 having worked as a journalist for PPI in Brussels for several years, and works with clients throughout Europe.

Mary Anne Hansan, President, Paper and Packaging Board

Mary Anne is the President of the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB). She recently led the successful renewal of the Paper and Packaging Board’s national marketing program and is overseeing its expanded focus on the industry’s unrivaled sustainability story with millions of consumers. New P+PB research suggests that paper is increasingly preferred over materials like plastic and that consumers want to make choices they believe are more planet-friendly and reduce waste. This emphasis on sustainability will improve consumers’ perceptions about the paper industry’s contribution to environmental solutions just as the Paper and Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign strengthened consumer perception about the value of paper for learning and preference for paper-based packaging. 

Prior to joining the Paper and Packaging Board over six years ago, Mary Anne worked in a wide range of industries promoting plastics, seafood and flowers and for both advertising and public relations firms throughout her career. Today she works with a staff of 10 and oversees all aspects of the campaign including research, strategy, messaging and campaign metrics for the 46 paper and packaging manufacturers and importers who fund the program. P+PB’s program is structured similarly to agricultural promotion efforts like the campaigns for beef, eggs and cotton that are familiar to many Americans.

Mary Anne is a paper and paper packaging enthusiast who loves to read magazines, catalogs and the newspaper. Further fueling her love of all things paper and packaging is the world of online shopping and the boxes that bring groceries, occasional take-out dinners and other life-essentials to this busy working mom’s door.

Nicholas Mockett, Partner, Moorgate Capital

Nick Mockett is a corporate financier and has served the global packaging & paper related industries exclusively for over twenty-five years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (LBOs/MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and public company takeovers. He has worked on dozens of deals worth billions of Euros around the globe. Throughout the packaging sector, he has been active across substrates including, cartons & corrugated, solid board & core board, paper & tissue and in consumer & industrial packaging ranging from pharmaceuticals & healthcare to food & beverage to bulk chemicals & agricultural. Nick is a Liveryman of the Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, Judge of Packaging News Packaging Awards, and speaks at Packaging conferences around the globe.

Jorge Luzuriaga, Managing Director for Latin America, GA-K Overseas

Born in Ecuador, currently  Managing Director in GA-K Overseas Latin America and Board Director in AMEXICCOR. Business Developer, Brand Lover, World Traveller. Always looking for new trends and ways to improve our industry.
Over 15 years of experience in various sectors, including Packaging, Pulp & Paper, Banking, Plastic Resins, Distribution and Entertainment.

Alejandro Mata, Director, Europe Packaging and Graphic Paper

Alejandro is responsible for client support and analytics for Fastmarkets RISI’s European Graphic Papers team. Previously, Alejandro was a business analyst for a European fine paper producer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management in Brussels.

Gregory Rudder, Managing Editor for PPI Pulp & Paper Week North America, Fastmarkets

Gregory Rudder is the North American managing editor for Fastmarkets’ PPI Pulp & Paper Week. He has been with P&PW for almost 30 years. In this time, covering US and export recovered paper for 22 years, containerboard for 13 years, uncoated freesheet for four years, boxboard for three years, and various other paper and board grades. A Pepperdine University graduate, he was a daily newspaper reporter in California for 12 years before joining PPI Pulp & Paper Week. He has interviewed more than 100 CEOs. and visited more than 50 mills and plants globally.

Marina Faleiros, Managing Editor LatAm & Brazil Country Manager, Fastmarkets

With over 17 years of experience in the industry, Marina manages pricing data for the market pulp, recovered paper and containerboard markets, as well as reports trends and in-depth information about key moves by producers and buyers in Latin America. Prior to joining RISI (now Fastmarkets Forest Products), Marina spent four years at the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (ABTCP), as well as worked at two major daily newspapers in Brazil, Folha de S. Paulo and O Estado de S. Paulo. She is the recipient of two journalism awards for reporting on the Brazilian economy and other three awards related to the pulp and paper sector. Marina graduated in journalism and has an MBA in financial markets. Since 2023 she is also Fastmarkets’ Brazil Country Manager. 

Ville Henttonen, Director, EMEA Mill Intelligence, Fastmarkets Forest Products

Ville conducts various benchmarking analyses of global pulp and paper mills to estimate their competitiveness. Since joining Fastmarkets RISI in 2005, Ville has managed content in Analytical Cornerstone and Asset Database tools. He has also worked on multiple consulting projects and multi-client studies, including topics such as manufacturing costs, asset quality, machine conversions and risk of closure.

Nick Chang, Editor, PPI Asia, Fastmarkets

Nick Chang is the Managing Editor for Forest Products Fastmarkets Asia based in Singapore. He covers mainly pulp, recovered paper, P&B market. An engineering and management graduate with a journalism master’s degree, he was a newspaper reporter and a project manager in the private sector before joining the company in May 2000. He speaks Mandrin, Hokkien and English.

Jessica Zimbalatti, Senior News Editor, PPI Europe

Jessica joined Fastmarkets Forest Products (then RISI) in 2007. She spent three years covering news and tracking prices on European cartonboard and sack kraft markets for PPI Europe before moving over to PPI Asia in 2010. During her years working with the Asian team, as well as news coverage, Jessica tracked prices for several graphic paper and packaging grades in India and Southeast Asia. In 2022, Jessica transitioned back to the European team, first tracking the publication paper market and then taking over coverage of the containerboard sector. 

Prior to joining Fastmarkets, Jessica worked in education, advertising regulation, and translation, during and after work towards her Humanities/Modern Languages bachelor at Carleton University in Ottawa, her degree in International Relations from the École des hautes études internationales in Paris, and her Asian Studies certificate from Griffith University in Brisbane.