Finch Paper LLC announces a transition in leadership. Joseph F. Raccuia is stepping down as President & CEO and will be succeeded by Debabrata Mukherjee, Ph.D., who has served as vice president and general manager of specialty papers for worldwide paper manufacturer P.H. Glatfelter since 2008.
Dr. Mukherjee's expertise as a developer of specialty papers and a driver of innovation in the manufacturing environment make him well-suited to continue the successes Finch Paper has achieved in recent years. Under Mr. Raccuia's leadership, Finch successfully developed products for the production inkjet printing market, and established relationships with academic institutions to foster innovation, including: Cornell University, Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, of which Dr. Mukherjee earned both a Doctorate and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Andrew M. Bursky, chairman of Atlas Holdings LLC, which co-owns Finch Paper with Blue Wolf Capital Management LLC, said, "Joe Raccuia assumed the leadership of Finch Paper at a pivotal time, bringing energy, innovation and excitement to the Finch brand. He streamlined the operation, built an excellent management team, launched new products, and positioned the company for growth."
Mr. Bursky added: "We are fortunate to have attracted Deba Mukherjee, a transformational business leader and architect of innovative specialty paper products whose multi-disciplinary strengths are ideally suited to take Finch Paper to the next level of sustainable success. Deba will help continue the momentum that Joe Raccuia created."
"I am honored and excited by the opportunity to lead Finch Paper," Dr. Mukherjee said. "As a senior executive at Glatfelter, I have known Finch as a formidable innovator with an outstanding reputation for quality products and unrivaled customer responsiveness. Now I look forward to leading this team and building upon its record of success, particularly in the areas of digital and specialty papers. Adding to my excitement is the opportunity to return to a region where I once lived and studied and where I set in motion the chain of events that led me to my chosen career."
Dr. Mukherjee joins Finch after a 15-year career with paper manufacturer P.H. Glatfelter in York, PA in which he earned a steady series of promotions including specialty products manager in 2000; North American general sales manager, engineered products in 2002; director, engineered products in 2004; division vice president, engineered and converting products in 2006; and vice president and general manager, specialty papers in 2008.
In his most recent role, Dr. Mukherjee led a business unit with more than $900 million in worldwide sales and six North American locations.
Dr. Mukherjee's expertise in chemical engineering has made him a globally recognized leader in new product innovation. He jointly holds three patents related to inkjet printing technologies and has been widely published in a number of scientific publications.
Before earning master's and doctorate degrees from RPI, Dr. Mukherjee earned a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, India. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania, School of Business.