Laura Thompson

In her role at Sappi, Dr. Laura Thompson is responsible for working with the company’s leadership to set strategy, establish long term goals and drive key initiatives that have enabled Sappi to be recognized as a leader in sustainability.She also serves as the thought leader behind Sappi’s eQ brand; a multi-dimensional communication platform featuring videos, white papers, the eQ Journal (also available in print) and a blog -The Environmental Quotient.At the core of the eQ brand, Sappi aims to deliver“proof without empty promises” on a wide range of subjects.Whether it is eco-labeling, life cycle analysis, sustainable forestry or greenhouse gas emissions, Dr. Thompson presents information grounded in facts and science; in a voice that is unparalleled in the print communications industry.

Dr. Thompson has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MSand PhD in Paper Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.Since 1995, she has held a variety of positions within the paper industry including R&D, mill environmental, product development, and most recently marketing and sustainable development.Thompson proudly serves the industry through numerous collaborative efforts including the TwoSides US Sustainability Committee, GreenBlue’s Forest Products Working Group and AF&PA’s task force on extended producer responsibility (EPR).