Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Leadership Matters

At Mercer, we understand that strong leadership is a key component of a successful workplace culture. From the top down, our management team leads with engagement, innovation, collaboration, and values. We are a company that embraces constant continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellence. Mercer’s leaders understand that the highest levels of competence and engagement of their teams result from a supportive environment that focuses on personal development, professionalism, and safety.

  • Providing Opportunities for People to Grow

    At Mercer, we work to inspire and lead our people in an environment focused on continuous improvement. We provide opportunities for people to grow within our organization – both personally and professionally. Our leaders are skilled communicators who lead with integrity and transparency. We recognize at the core of Mercer’s success is a strong team.

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Leadership Team

  • David M. Gandossi

    David M. Gandossi

    President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Mercer

    David M. Gandossi has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a Director of Mercer since July 2015...

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  • David K. Ure

    David K. Ure

    Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary

    David K. Ure has served as Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary since July 2015...

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  • Adolf Koppensteiner

    Adolf Koppensteiner

    Chief Operating Officer

    Adolf Koppensteiner has served as our Chief Operating Officer since 2017, prior to which he was Managing Director Operations and Technical of Stendal...

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  • Christoph Grewe-Franze

    Christoph Grewe-Franze

    Chief Information Officer

    Christoph Grewe-Franze serves as Chief Information Officer for Mercer’s global operations. He comes with considerable expertise in technology...

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  • Wolfram Ridder

    Wolfram Ridder

    Vice President, Business Development 

    Wolfram Ridder has served as Vice President of Business Development since 2005. Prior to this, he served...

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  • Brian Merwin

    Brian Merwin

    Vice President, Corporate Development

    Brian Merwin is Vice President, Corporate Development and has served in this and similar roles since 2009. Prior to this...

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  • Bill R. Adams

    Bill R. Adams

    Vice President, Sustainability & Innovation

    Bill Adams serves as Vice President, Sustainability & Innovation for Mercer’s global operations. Bill has worked in...

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  • Richard Short

    Richard Short

    Vice President, Controller

    Richard Short has served as Vice President, Controller since February 2014. Prior to this, he served as Controller from November 2010 to...

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  • Genevieve Stannus

    Genevieve Stannus

    Treasurer

    Genevieve Stannus has served as Treasurer since July 2005. Prior to this, she served as Senior Financial Analyst since joining Mercer in August 2003...

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  • Eric X. Heine

    Eric X. Heine

    Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Logistics for Asia and North America

    Eric X. Heine has served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Logistics for Asia and North America since June 2005...

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  • Uwe Bentlage

    Uwe Bentlage

    Vice President, Pulp Sales and Marketing for Europe; Managing Director, Mercer Pulp Products

    Uwe Bentlage has served as Vice President, Pulp Sales & Marketing as well as Managing Director of Mercer Pulp Sales...

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  • Nils Hegerding

    Nils Hegerding

    Vice President Pulp Sales and Marketing for Europe

    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...

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  • K. William (Bill) MacPherson

    K. William (Bill) MacPherson

    Managing Director, Mercer Celgar

    Bill MacPherson currently serves as Managing Director at Mercer’s Celgar mill in Castlegar, British Columbia...

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  • Wolfgang Beck

    Wolfgang Beck

    Managing Director, Mercer Holz

    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...

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  • Shawn K. Elliott

    Shawn K. Elliott

    Mill Manager, Mercer Peace River

    Shawn K. Elliott has served as the Mill Manager of Mercer Peace River Pulp since 2018. Prior to becoming Mill Manager...

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  • Leonhard Nossol

    Leonhard Nossol

    Managing Director, Mercer Rosenthal and Group Controller for Europe

    Leonhard Nossol has been the Group Controller for Europe since August 2005. He has also been the...

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  • Dr. Christian Sörgel

    Dr. Christian Sörgel

    Managing Director, Mercer Rosenthal

    Dr. Christian Sörgel has been the Co-Managing Director of Rosenthal since 2020. He joined Rosenthal in 2007...

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  • André Listemann

    André Listemann

    Managing Director, Mercer Stendal

    André Listemann has served as Managing Director, Finance and Administration of the Stendal mill since November 2012...

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  • Dr. Carsten Merforth

    Dr. Carsten Merforth

    Managing Director, Mercer Timber Products

    Dr. Carsten Merforth has served as Managing Director of the Friesau sawmill since its acquisition in April 2017...

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Board of Directors

  • Jimmy S.H. Lee

    Jimmy S.H. Lee

    Executive Chairman of the Board 

    Jimmy S.H. Lee has served as Executive Chairman of the Board since July 2015. He served as a Director since May 1985...

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  • David M. Gandossi

    David M. Gandossi

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    David M. Gandossi has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a Director of Mercer since July 2015...

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  • Keith Purchase

    Keith Purchase

    Lead Director

    Keith Purchase has served as Director since June 2012 and Lead Director since June 2018. Mr. Purchase was Executive Vice President...

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  • William D. McCartney

    William D. McCartney

    Director

    William D. McCartney has served as a Director since January 2003. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of...

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  • James Shepherd

    James Shepherd

    Director

    James Shepherd has served as Director since June 2011. He is also currently a Director of Buckman Laboratories International Inc. ...

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  • Alan C. Wallace

    Alan C. Wallace

    Director

    Alan Wallace has served as Director since June 2018. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Peloton Advisors Inc. ...

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  • Linda J. Welty

    Linda J. Welty

    Director

    Linda J. Welty has served as Director since June 2018. She is currently an independent director of Huber Engineered Materials...

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  • Rainer Rettig

    Rainer Rettig

    Director

    Rainer Rettig serves as Director since February 2020. Mr. Rettig is currently the head of the Circular Economy Program of Covestro AG . . .

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