Walter Schalka, CEO of Suzano Pulp & Paper, is named CEO of the Year by RISI

This is the first time an executive has won the award for four straight years


Walter Schalka, our chief executive officer, was named, for the fourth consecutive year, the best CEO in Latin America’s pulp and paper industry. The award was given by RISI, the leading provider of information on the global forestry industry. The group of analysts and specialists from the pulp and paper industry that participated in the survey chose Schalka for the way he runs our company.

“This award belongs to the more than 8,000 employees of Suzano. A very special year in the company’s history, 2017 was marked by growth and preparing for the future. We reported record-high operating cash flow and a steady decline in our leverage ratio, concluded important projects on our production lines, entered the Brazilian tissue market, received an investment-grade rating from Fitch and migrated to the Novo Mercado listing segment,” said Schalka.

The award will be presented on August 14, during the Latin America Conference of RISI, which will be held on August 13 to 15 at the Renaissance Hotel in São Paulo city. The event will feature lectures by leaders, industry specialists and economists from RISI, who will present the industry’s latest trends and challenges.


About Walter Schalka

Walter Schalka has been our chief executive officer since January 2013. He holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and an MBA from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and completed non-degree programs at IMD (Switzerland) and Harvard University (USA).

Prior to joining Suzano, where he has led important endeavors, such as the company’s migration to the Novo Mercado and its entry into the Consumer Goods segment, Schalka worked at Citibank, Maepar Group, Dixie Lalekla, Dixie Toga Group and Votorantim Cimentos.