Two Sides North America Announces Leadership Transition

Phil Riebel

After starting nonprofit organization Two Sides North America, Chicago, Illinois, nearly a decade ago, Phil Riebel has retired as president of the organization, effective April 1. Kathi Rowzie, who has been running the day-to-day operations of Two Sides since last March, will become president.

Jeff Hester, chairman of the Two Sides North America board of directors, stated that everyone who has worked with Riebel over the years knows him as a trusted colleague and passionate advocate for the sustainability of print, paper and paper-based packaging. The industry has benefitted enormously from his efforts to build Two Sides into an organization whose voice is recognized and respected across the paper value chain and among many of North America’s leading corporations. As Riebel moves on from his Two Sides role to pursue other opportunities within the industry, Hester thanks him on behalf of the board of directors for his dedicated service to the Two Sides members and industry. Though Riebel is stepping down, he will remain associated with Two Sides’ mission as a valuable advocate in its strategic efforts.

Bill Rojack, vice chairman of the Two Sides board of directors, said the organization also wants to express its support for Rowzie as she steps into her expanded role. She brings a unique combination of paper industry, sustainability and communications expertise that will help the organization continue to build on Two Sides’ success.

Kathi Rowzie

Rowzie’s career spans more than 30 years in corporate and consulting roles with Fortune 500 companies, including extensive experience in the paper industry and with industry customers. A longtime advocate of Two Sides, her association goes back to the organization’s beginning when, as a consultant, she was instrumental in helping launch the Two Sides website, educational tools and marketing materials.

Hester said Rowzie continues to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives that will be critically important as increasing consumer, government and ENGO attention to the sustainability of print and paper products makes Two Sides’ work more important than ever. The board looks forward to working with her as it seeks to take Two Sides to the next level.

The phone number for Two Sides North America has changed to 937.999.7729. The email address will remain

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