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Former Fortune 500 Executive and Leader of Independent Startup Takes New Post

[Cohoes, NY] – Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium printing, writing and imaging papers and a pioneer in sustainable manufacturing, today announced the appointment of Peter Vogel to the Mohawk Fine Papers Board of Directors. The appointment is effective May 15.

“Peter Vogel’s experience with strategic planning at the senior corporate level, his expertise in logistics strategy and execution will help Mohawk expand our commitment to quality, customer service, the environment and new products.” says Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer.

Mr. Vogel is a 27-year veteran of the paper industry and brings extensive senior level experience from the manufacturing, distribution and converting sides of business. From 1980 to 2002, he worked for the Mead Corporation, where he held a variety of positions, including serving as president of Mead’s Zellerbach and Gilbert Paper divisions. Mr. Vogel also held a number of corporate positions during his tenure at Mead, with responsibilities for directly overseeing corporate communications, government affairs and corporate financial functions. In 2002, he became the acting CFO of MeadWestvaco (formerly Mead Corporation) with primary responsibility for financial reporting and oversight for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

In 2005 Mr. Vogel was named CEO and President of Newpage, a $2.5 billion paper manufacturing and distribution company, where he was responsible for the creation of a new independent company in collaboration with private equity owners. He is currently serving as Executive VP and CFO for Cleveland, OH based The Millcraft Group, a large regional paper distributor and converter.

Mr. Vogel has held Board of Director positions with Fox River Paper (recently acquired by Neenah Paper); Dayton Development Coalition; and Miami Valley Venture Funds. He received his MBA at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and a BS, Industrial Labor Relations, also from Cornell. He and his family live in Dayton, Ohio.

Following Mohawk’s acquisition of the International Paper Fine Papers brands two years ago, Mohawk has deepened the expertise of its board of directors. “Technical developments in the printing and marketing communities are driving significant changes in the fine paper market,” says Mohawk’s CEO, Tom O’Connor. “To succeed today, companies must execute flawlessly across all dimensions of the business. For this reason we are committed to investing in both infrastructure and people. You can see that every day at Mohawk from strategy through execution. “With the addition of Peter Vogel, I feel confident that the Board of Directors is evolving to represent every critical aspect of our business operations,” says O’Connor.

Says Vogel, “I have watched Mohawk closely, both as an industry insider and as a competitor. I have long admired the company’s integrity and commitment to quality and sustainable manufacturing. I believe the short and long-term financial goals of this organization are achievable with a continued focus on development of core strength leading to future growth. I am proud to be part of that mission.”

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