New CEO of Sappi's Forest Products Division and Managing Director of Sappi Forests Announced

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa--()--Oct. 22, 2003--Sappi announced today that Andre Wagenaar has been appointed as the CEO of Sappi's Forest Products Division with effect from 1st January 2004, when Dr John Job relinquishes his responsibilities for the Southern African Businesses. The Forest Products Division manages Sappi's plantation, pulp and commodity paper businesses in South Africa.

Sappi announced on 23 May 2003 that John Job will continue in his position as Group Director of Technology with responsibilities for technology co-ordination and development, risk management and sustainable development and with his responsibilities as an Executive Director and Member of the Board of Sappi Limited.

Andre Wagenaar is currently Managing Director of Sappi Forests, responsible for Sappi's plantations and sawmills in South Africa. He will join the Executive Committee of Sappi Limited. He has been with Sappi for 11 years and held the position of Managing Director of Sappi Timber Industries from 1992 until 2000. He holds a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Stellenbosch.

Dinga Mncube will succeed Andre Wagenaar as Managing Director of Sappi Forests. He is currently the Forestry Director of Sappi Forests and previously held general management positions in Sappi Forests and Sappi Timber Products. He has been with Sappi for 10 years and holds a B.Sc. degree in Forest Management from Washington State University and a M.Sc. degree in Forest Products from the University of Idaho, both in the USA.

Sappi Forests manages approximately 500,000 hectares of forestland in South Africa and employs some 1,900 people.

Commenting on the appointments, Jonathan Leslie, Chief Executive of Sappi Limited said: "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Andre Wagenaar to this key role. He has a proven track record of leadership within Sappi and has particular strengths in manufacturing, product innovation and commercial negotiations.

"Dinga joins our senior management ranks having demonstrated his managerial ability running Sappi's sawmills and plantations. He will make a major contribution to our management team."

Contacts

Taylor Rafferty on behalf of Sappi Limited
NY, + 1 212 889 4350
or
London, +44 (0)20 7936 0400
or
Sappi Limited
Andre F Oberholzer, +27 (0)11 407 8044
Fax +27 (0)11 403 8326
Cell +27 (0)82 906 0638
Andre.Oberholzer@sappi.com

Contacts

Taylor Rafferty on behalf of Sappi Limited
NY, + 1 212 889 4350
or
London, +44 (0)20 7936 0400
or
Sappi Limited
Andre F Oberholzer, +27 (0)11 407 8044
Fax +27 (0)11 403 8326
Cell +27 (0)82 906 0638
Andre.Oberholzer@sappi.com