He will continue to report to Tom Cleves, vice president and general manager, Containerboard and Recycling, IPG, and he will continue to be a member of the IPG and Containerboard & Recycling Lead Teams and the company’s Global Supply Chain Council.
Blanchard’s career at IP began in 1982 when he served in production operations at the Ticonderoga mill. In 1987, he joined the company’s Printing and Communications Papers team in the customer service organization. Over the next several years, he held leadership roles across P&C Papers in product management, sales and marketing and supply chain and operations, which included managing nine converting plants, planning and scheduling, inventory management, logistics and customer service.
In 2008, he lead the company’s supply-chain transformation initiative and, two years later, he was named director, supply chain, Consumer Packaging. Most recently, in late 2011, Blanchard was named director, supply chain, IPG.
“Paul is a strong and proven leader for International Paper,” Sutton said. “Our Industrial Packaging businesses of Containerboard, Container The Americas and Recycling continue to benefit greatly from Paul’s more than 30 years of experience and knowledge. He knows the supply-chain process and operations extremely well, but he also knows how to lead people and get results.”
A graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., Blanchard holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in marketing. He also attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Marketing Program and the Executive Finance Program at Columbia University.
He is a member of The Global Supply Chain Forum, Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University and the Fogelman College of Business and Economics Advisory Board at The University of Memphis. A native of Ticonderoga, he is a graduate of Ticonderoga High School. He and his family will continue to reside in the Memphis area.