Keith Purchase has been Director since June 2012. Mr. Purchase was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for MacMillan Bloedel Limited from 1998 to 1999, President and Chief Executive Officer of TimberWest Forest Limited from 1994 to 1998 and Managing Director of Tasman Pulp and Paper from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Purchase was previously Director of Catalyst Paper Corporation and Chair of the board of directors. As he has held several senior positions in the forestry industry, Mr. Purchase brings to the board extensive senior executive experience relevant to the Company's operations, as well as significant board of director leadership experience from a wide variety of companies. Mr. Purchase also serves as Chair of Mercer's Governance and Nominating Committee and a Member of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee. He also provides leadership to our Board on board practices, governance matters and succession planning in his role as the Lead Director of the Board.
Marti Morfitt is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of River Rock Partners, Inc., a business consulting group based in Naples, Florida. Ms. Morfitt was the Chief Executive Officer of Airborne, Inc. from 2009 to 2012, the President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of CNS, Inc. and the VP, Meals US of the Pillsbury Company from 1982 to 1998. She currently serves as a director of Graco Inc. and lululemon athletica, Inc..
Ms. Morfitt brings a track record of industry leading business performance in the consumer packaged goods industry. She brings to the Board extensive senior executive experience, as well as significant public company board experience from a wide variety of companies.
Ms. Morfitt also serves as Chair of Mercer's Compensation Committee and as a Member of Mercer's Audit Committee. She joined the board as director in 2017.
Alan C. Wallace serves as Director since June 2018. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Peloton Advisors Inc., a financial advisory firm working with private and public companies on mergers and acquisitions, financial and strategic transactions and he is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Wallace was the Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets Inc. from 1987 to 2013 where he was also the Co-Head of its Paper and Forest Products Group from 1995 to 2013.
Mr. Wallace has significant capital markets and mergers and acquisitions experience, including relating to debt and equity financings, corporate credit facilities and financial advisory assignments. He also has extensive forest products experience relating to financings and strategic transactions in the industry. He brings to the board extensive experience in the capital markets and corporate strategic review.
Mr. Wallace holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.
Linda J. Welty serves as Director since June 2018. She is currently an independent director of Huber Engineered Materials, a global manufacturer of engineered specialty ingredients, a portfolio company of J.M. Huber Corporation and has served in that role since 2014.She currently serves as chairman and a director of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, whose mission is to advance excellence in corporate governance.She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Welty Strategic Consulting, LLC, an advisory firm focused on the development and execution of value creation strategies. From 2010 to 2011 she served as a director and member of the special committee of Massey Energy Company.She served as an independent director of Vertellus Specialties, Inc. from 2007 to 2016.Ms. Welty was President and Chief Operating Officer of Flint Ink Corp., a global producer of printing inks for packaging and publication from 2003-2005.From 1998 to 2003, she served as President of the Specialty Group of H.B. Fuller Company, a global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and coatings.She served over twenty years in global leadership roles for Hoechst AG and its former U.S. subsidiary Celanese.
Ms. Welty brings to the board extensive global industrial experience spanning more than thirty five years in corporate governance, executive leadership, operations, sales, marketing and manufacturing roles in the chemicals, specialty chemicals and energy industries.
Ms. Welty holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Kansas.
Ms. Welty also serves as a Member of Mercer’s Governance and Nominating Committee and Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.
Mr. Rettig holds a Ph.D in polymer chemistry and polymer processing from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.