Adolf Koppensteiner has served as Chief Operating Officer since January 1, 2018. Prior to that he served as Managing Director, Operations and Technical of the Stendal mill since October 2013 and as Mill Manager at the Rosenthal mill since joining Mercer in 2007. In the past, Mr. Koppensteiner was Managing Director of Kvaerner Central Europe, where he was responsible for sales and service for fifteen years. His whole career has been in the pulp and paper industry, where he has held a variety of positions building up significant experience in engineering, project work, and pulp mill start-ups, as well as the development and optimization of operating processes.
Uwe Bentlage holds the position as Vice President Pulp Sales & Marketing as well as Managing Director of Mercer Pulp Sales GmbH, Berlin, since 2017. Before joining Mercer in 2004, he served as Director Sales Central Europe to Ekman, a leading Swedish trading house for pulp and paper. Mr. Bentlage started his career in 1994 in the forest industry sector as a sales manager, including expanding business to Eastern Europe and Russia as well as managing the PMI of acquired businesses.
Nils Hegerding has served as Vice President Pulp Sales and Marketing since 2017. He has been working for Mercer since 2006 as a Sales Director. Prior to joining Mercer he worked for GUSCO Handel, a pulp & paper agent in Hamburg.
Mr. Hegerding has close to 20 years experience in the sales of pulp, paper, pigments and pine chemicals in various markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Bill MacPherson currently serves as Managing Director at Mercer’s Celgar mill in Castlegar, British Columbia.Bill previously served as Mill Manager at Domtar’s integrated pulp and paper mill in Kingsport, Tennessee.Prior to becoming Mill Manager at Kingsport, Bill served as the Director of Domtar’s Central Engineering Group and prior to that he was the Engineering Manager at the Kingsport Mill. Bill started his career as a project engineer for Western Pulp in Port Alice, B.C. He also held positions for Georgia-Pacific, Fort James and James River, all at Naheola, Alabama, in engineering, maintenance and operational positions.
Wolfgang Beck has served as Managing Director of Mercer Holz since 2016, prior to which he served in different leading functions in Mercer`s German wood business since 2005. In the past, Mr. Beck worked for a German state forest organization and was also at the beginning of his career working in the German financial sector. He has also been Managing Director of wood2M since 2016, a Joint Venture Company of Mercer and another Pulp and Paper Manufacturer.
Mr. Beck holds a degree of forestry from the University of Applied Sciences in Schwarzburg.