Sustana (, a manufacturer of premium, sustainable fibers and recycled paper, announced that Kevin Richard has joined Sustana as Chief Operating Officer.

“The hire of Kevin Richard, an accomplished senior executive and business manager, underscores Sustana’s continued commitment to operational efficiency, high-quality products, sustainable manufacturing operations and responsible business practices,” says Fabian de Armas, Sustana chairman and CEO.

As COO, Richard is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Saint Jerome Paper Production and Converting Facility for Rolland papers in Quebec, Can., as well as Sustana`s recycled fiber operations in Levis, Quebec and De Pere, Wisc. Sustana Group has full control over the fiber production, recycled papermaking and converting processes, and Richard’s role will ensure continued superior quality assurance and consistent sustainable manufacturing operations across the board.

Richard spent 20 years of his career at Mohawk Papers, where he served as president and COO. He also spent more than a decade at International Paper Co. prior to joining Mohawk. Most recently, he served as president and COO of Flambeau River Papers, where he managed all aspects of operations.

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and attended Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Columbia University and Harvard Business School.