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Published on Dec 17, 2018
The future is wood. With passion and precision Donna Cassese elevates Maine’s paper industry as the future of innovative and inventive design, with possibilities ranging from the capacity of wood pulp to drastically reduce dependence on petroleum to paper’s potential to create intuitive 3D molds that resist bacteria, for use in hospitals. Donna Cassese holds a B.S. in Forest Management and has been with Sappi for over 40 years. She has had diverse roles within forestry, operations, and manufacturing. After nearly 15 years as a forester she transitioned into managerial roles in the Woodyard, Waste Treatment, Pulp Sales and Human Resources at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. Following this, Donna became Plant Manager at Sappi's Allentown, Pennsylvania facility and then transitioned into the Supply Chain group at the Somerset Mill. In 2006 Donna became the Director of Inside Sales for Sappi's North American operations. In 2008 she became Managing Director of the Westbrook Mill. In 2014 Donna returned to forestry as the Director of Wood Supply Strategy with responsibility for developing and implementing wood supply strategy in Maine and Minnesota. In January of 2018 Donna retired and now works as a consultant for Sappi, leading government relations work in Maine. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx