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James Hannan is chief executive officer and president of Georgia–Pacific, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, pulp, paper, building products and related chemicals.
A native of Connecticut, Hannan graduated from California State University, East Bay (formerly California State University, Hayward) with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
He spent six years with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand before joining Pegasus Gold as assistant corporate controller in 1995. He was named the company’s controller about a year later.
Hannan began his career with Koch Industries in 1998 when he joined Koch Mineral Services as chief financial officer. He left Koch for two years to work as corporate controller at Homestake Mining Company before rejoining Koch Mineral Services as CFO in 2001. In 2004, Hannan was named president of INVISTA Intermediates, which is another Koch company.
After the Koch acquisition of Georgia-Pacific in late 2005, Hannan was named GP’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. In August 2006, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer and named to the company’s board of directors. Hannan was named chief executive officer and president in November 2007.
In addition to his responsibilities at Georgia–Pacific, Hannan is a member of the board of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, the Atlanta History Center, The Commerce Club, The Center for Human and Civil Rights, Holy Innocents Episcopal School and serves as a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center.
Industry affiliations include American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)