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Southern Named Fastmarkets RISI 2019 North American CEO of the Year

LP Building Solutions Chief Executive Officer Brad Southern has been named as the 2019 North American CEO of the Year by Fastmarkets RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The award will be presented at RISI’s North American Conference on October 29 in Boston.

A group of investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the North American and global pulp and paper industry selected Southern for his role at LP, an innovative leader in high-performance building solutions. 

According to RISI, analysts credited Southern for LP’s new strategic direction and product innovation. One analyst credited him for helping the company with capital redeployment and another praised him stating, “LP is a company on the rebound due to Southern’s dedicated leadership.”

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by Fastmarkets RISI and the investor and analyst community, an honor that is highly valued by our employees across North America,” Southern says. “Our success is driven by a high-performing team of 5,000 employees focused on transforming LP into a leading building solutions company that delivers top-tier value to our customers and shareholders.”

Southern joined LP in 1999 and worked in multiple segments in the company before becoming CEO in 2017. 

He began his career with MacMillan Bloedel as a forester, where he held a variety of jobs in forestry, strategic planning, finance, accounting, and plant management. 

A native of Georgia, he has a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in forest resources, both from the University of Georgia.

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