Newark is led by senior teams in each business unit and advised by a Board of Directors who bring decades of experience from manufacturing, operations and the paperboard industry.

Senior Leadership

Frank Papa, President and CEO

Frank A. Papa is the President, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Newark. Prior to joining Newark he worked in Private Equity for 12 years as CEO of Aftermarket Technologies, CEO of Specialized Vehicles and CEO of Signature Aluminum. In addition, he has over 25 years’ experience working in Fortune 100 companies such as General Electric, Textron, Sara Lee and Stanley Tools in executive manufacturing assignments. Mr. Papa holds a BS in Industrial Management/Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of General Electric’s corporate manufacturing training program.

Gregg Kam, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions

Gregg Kam joined Newark in November 2011 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Mr. Kam was the Senior Vice President and CFO for International Specialty Products, a $2 billion global specialty chemical company. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Kam worked as VP/CFO for Special Polymers Group at National Starch and Chemical (Imperial Chemical Industries). Prior to 2005, Mr. Kam held positions of increasing responsibility at Unilever/Imperial Chemical Industries. Mr. Kam holds a B.S. in Accounting/Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

James Carbine, Senior Vice President - Newark Converted Products

James Carbine became Senior Vice President of Newark Converted Products in January 2009. Previous to this assignment, Mr. Carbine served as Vice President of Sales for the Newark Paperboard Mill Division since 2002. In 1987, Mr. Carbine became a Sales Representative for Newark Wisconsin Paperboard and served in numerous sales manager positions for the Company on the West Coast including Vice President of International Sales focusing on Asia and the Pacific Rim. He also served as Western Region Vice President of Sales for the Mills Division. Mr. Carbine holds a B.A. from Marquette University.

Johnny Gold, Senior Vice President - Newark Recovery and Recycling

Johnny Gold serves as Senior Vice President of Newark Recovery and Recycling. Previously, Mr. Gold was Vice President/General Manager of the Eastern Region for the Newark Recycled Fibers Division and initially joined the Company as an account executive for the North Shore Recycling Facility in 1978. Mr. Gold has been a former Chairman of the American Forest and Paper Association’s Paper Recycling Group (AFPA) and in 2013, has taken over the same Chairmanship. He also served as Chairman for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) in the Non-Metallic Division and was a past President of The Paper Stock Institute. He remains Chairman of AFPA and ISRI joint task force on paper recycling. Mr. Gold attended the University of New Hampshire.

Dick Poppe, Senior Vice President - Newark Paperboard Mills

Dick Poppe has been Senior Vice President of Newark’s Mills Division since 2001. Mr. Poppe joined the company in 1977 as a production trainee at Newark’s California paperboard mill. Previously, he served in several capacities at different Newark paperboard locations across the US. He was transferred to Newark Middletown Paperboard, then to Newark Wisconsin and Newark Mobile Paperboard, where he served as General Manager until 1995, when he was his promoted to West Coast Regional General Manager-Newark Mills. He serves as Member of the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) Board of Trustees. Mr. Poppe has been a member of the RPTA for over 15 years. Mr. Poppe graduated with a B.S. in 1977 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Manny Silva, Vice President - Human Resources of Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions

Manny Silva has served as Vice President of Human Resources for Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions since October 2011. Mr. Silva began his career with Newark in 1989 as Human Resources Manager for Book Covers Inc., Newark. In 1992 he was appointed Regional Human Resources Manager, a position he held until 1995 when he was promoted to Corporate Human Resources Manager. Mr. Silva relocated to Barcelona, Spain at the end of 1998 as Newark made its first investment in Europe and assisted with the transition of the business, In 2001, he returned to Newark’s Corporate Offices in Cranford, NJ, as Human Resources Manager. Mr. Silva was born in Porto, Portugal and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French. Mr. Silva graduated, magna cum laude, from Upsala College in 1989 with a BA in International Business. He is a member of the AF&PA Employee Relations Committee.

David Ascher

David Ascher joined Newark in 1999 and currently serves as Vice President, General Counsel as well as Secretary to the Newark Board of Directors. Mr. Ascher joined the Company with a wide range of legal expertise in corporate law both domestic and international, having previously worked in-house at Vickers America Holdings, Inc., C.R. Bard, Inc., Sea-Land Corporation, and for the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Mr. Ascher holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.A. in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

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