São Paulo, March 9, 2021 – Klabin, Brazil’s leading producer and exporter of packaging paper, won two categories at the 12th PPI Awards organized by Fastmarkets RISI, considered the world’s most prestigious pulp and paper industry awards. Cristiano Teixeira, the CEO, was elected the “International CEO of the Year”, and Gabriella Michelucci, director of Corrugated Boards, won the “Industry Woman of the Year” category.
Both executives boast a solid career in the pulp and paper industry and important achievements at the helm of the Company’s management. Cristiano Teixeira has been CEO of Klabin since 2017, a period marked by important strides and consistent results that strengthened its leadership position in the diverse sectors it operates. He joined Klabin in 2011 and has held the positions of director of Procurement, Logistics and Materials, executive officer of the Corrugated Boards, Industrial Bags, Sack Kraft Papers and Containerboard Divisions and executive officer of Conversion and Commercial Paper.
“It is an honor to receive this award and to be able to lead a company like Klabin, which is solid, innovative and committed to a renewable future. Being able to rely on the dedication of more than 25,000 employees makes all the difference in the daily routine of the company, especially in a challenging period like the one we are going through right now,” said Cristiano Teixeira.
Gabriella Michelucci, director of Corrugated Boards, joined the company in 1984 and has since participated actively in numerous and significant changes at both Klabin and the industry as a whole. Her career is marked by leadership and engagement initiatives that inspired teams to grow together with her. Currently, she also serves as chairwoman of the Brazilian Paper Packaging Association (Empapel), whose mission is to expand the entity’s representative role in the sector.
“I’m very glad about this achievement and especially about knowing that, in a certain way, I can inspire more and more women to carve their own space and stand out in their careers,” said Gabriella Michelucci.
Last year, Klabin won the Innovation in Packaging category for its product Eukaliner®, a kraftliner produced exclusively using eucalyptus fiber and a pioneer in the global market.