International Paper announced that Sharon R. Ryan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will retire effective June 30, 2022.
Ryan joined the Company in 1988 and was elected Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2011. She previously served in a variety of legal roles, including as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. She has been honored for her many contributions in the community, most recently for establishing the IP Signature Pro Bono Initiative, which advocates for equal justice for people who lack access and resources.
Joseph R. Saab has been elected Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary effective July 1, 2022. After working several years as an environmental lawyer, Saab joined the Company in 2001 as legal counsel for Environment, Health and Safety. Since then, he has served in a number of roles in the legal department, including chief counsel, Global Governance and Compliance, and general counsel, Papers the Americas. In 2014, he was named Associate General Counsel for Industrial Packaging and Latin America and his responsibilities were expanded to include EMEA and Russia in 2018. In 2019, he was appointed Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary and his recent responsibilities have included Enterprise Corporate Law and Operational Excellence, as well as overseeing support for and advising the Board of Directors.
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