Executive Bios

John D. Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

John D. Williams has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar since January 2009. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience in both consumer products and packaging. He began his career in consumer product sales in 1976, gaining insight into key market dynamics in the U.K. and the U.S.

In 1988, he became European Managing Director of Sweetheart International, a major food packaging and food service business, where he cultivated a customer-driven market view and contributed to record profit and sales growth. In 1992, the company was acquired by the Finnish conglomerate, Huhtamaki. Mr. Williams was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Group President of the packaging business (Polarcup), one of the company’s core divisions.

Mr. Williams’ experience in the packaging sector continued to grow at Rexam, the world’s second largest consumer packaging group. There, he held a number of senior management roles in specialty food packaging from 1996 to 2000.

His professional journey then took him to SCA Packaging, a business group of the global consumer goods and paper giant, SCA. As President of SCA Packaging Europe from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Williams helped transform the company from an undifferentiated manufacturer into a market-driven, customer-oriented packaging solutions provider.

Mr. Williams is Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Owens Corning (NYSE: OC); Chair of the advisory board of the Stern Center for Sustainable Business at New York University; the past Chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board (the Paper Check-off); and the past Chairman of the Board for the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In 2010, he was named North American CEO of the Year by RISI as well as Global CEO of the Year by Pulp & Paper International (PPI). Mr. Williams was named “Executive Papermaker of the Year” for 2012 by PaperAge Magazine.

He also serves on the boards of the British-American Business Council of North Carolina, which promotes trade and investment between the state and the United Kingdom, and the nonprofit Camp Blue Skies Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities.

Michael Fagan

President, Personal Care Division

Michael Fagan was appointed President, Personal Care in February 2015; from 2012, he was Senior Vice President of the division.

Prior to joining Domtar, Mr. Fagan was President and CEO of Attends Healthcare, Inc. from 2006, and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing from 1999. Prior to joining Attends, he held a variety of sales development roles with Procter & Gamble, the previous owners of the Attends line of products and the creators of the category.

Mr. Fagan has management oversight and responsibility for Domtar’s Personal Care segment that involves the manufacturing, sales and distribution of infant care and adult incontinence care products.  The division operates six manufacturing centers – four in the United States, two in Europe – and sells products in more than 20 countries.

Michael Garcia

President, Pulp and Paper Division

Michael D. Garcia has been President of Domtar’s Pulp and Paper Division since May 2014.

Mr. Garcia has more than 25 years of international management experience in paper, steel, and aluminum on three continents. A native of Arizona, he served five years in the United States Army as a Armor officer with the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

After leaving the military in 1991, Mr. Garcia began his civilian career with Kimberly Clark, a global paper and consumer products company, as a Production Team Leader and Project Leader in Paris, Texas. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Garcia worked with Alcoa, Inc., a global aluminum producer. There he held various leadership roles that led to him being named Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Alcoa Asia Pacific in Beijing, China. In 2007, Mr. Garcia became Regional Vice President for Gerdau Ameristeel, Inc., a subsidiary of the Gerdau Group, a Brazilian steel company, the largest long steel producer in North America. He implemented lean manufacturing systems and standardized manufacturing processes for a division of 1400 employees at five steel facilities.

In 2010 Mr. Garcia joined Evraz, Inc. a Moscow-based global steel company as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Evraz North America. A year later he was named CEO of EVRAZ Highveld Steel & Vanadium Co, an integrated steel and vanadium producer and South Africa’s second largest steel producer. Mr. Garcia and his wife resided in Pretoria, South Africa from 2011 to 2014 before he joined Domtar in May of 2014.

Mr. Garcia is Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte Branch. He holds an MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

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