In memory of Sylvain Lhôte

Everyone at the Confederation of Paper Industries was deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Sylvain Lhôte, the Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). He passed away on 6th June, after a sudden illness.

Sylvain had been the Director General of CEPI since 2016. He was instrumental in outlining a strategy for the future of the European paper industry in order to successfully transform to meet the challenges of climate change and leveraging the potential of the bioeconomy.

Sylvain brought 25 years of government and public affairs expertise, working with leading material technology and manufacturing industries on climate and energy policies, sustainability and industrial affairs, as well as competition and international trade issues.

Prior to joining CEPI, Sylvain was Vice-president Governmental Affairs and Business Development in the EMEA Region for Alcoa, the aluminium and metals engineering group. He previously directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry. He also chaired FleishmanHillard’s Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department, advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and PA strategies.

Andrew Large, DG at CPI said: “I joined CPI at a similar time to Sylvain joining CEPI, and I always felt that he and I were comrades in arms learning about the paper industry and its issues. I greatly admired Sylvain’s strategic vision both for the industry and for the public and political communications such a strategy would need. Sylvain was an optimist for the future of paper, and I will miss his positivity and tenacity in promoting our industry.”

“Sylvain made a significant and lasting contribution to the European business world and he will be hugely missed by me and by all his colleagues in the UK and beyond. Our thoughts are now with Sylvain’s wife Florence and their children, Romain and Julie, as well as his wider family and loved ones, who will all be rightfully proud of him”, added Andrew.