In addition to English, you may hear our CEO speaking German, Portuguese and Spanish. Born and educated in Germany, Christian also lived in Brazil and began his career with GP in Europe in 1989 as a market pulp sales manager. Christian assumed his current role as president and CEO in 2017. He previously served as executive vice president of the packaging and cellulose segment, responsible for GP’s containerboard and kraft paper, corrugated packaging, bleached board and cellulose (pulp) businesses for seven years. After relocating from Europe to Atlanta in 1992, he advanced through the organization in market pulp and containerboard sales. He is involved in the forest products industry through his commitment as secretary/treasurer on the USDA's Paper and Packaging Board and as a board member of The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Christian is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce board of directors and past chair of their Global Commerce Council. He also serves as vice chairman of the board of Atlanta International School and personally supports several charitable organizations in the Atlanta area.