Our strong and experienced global executive team is driving growth, expanding our position as a leader in specialty materials, and creating value for our customers, employees, and shareholders.

Executive officers

Julie Schertell

President and Chief Executive Officer

Portrait of Julie Schertell

Julie Schertell is Mativ’s President and Chief Executive Officer and serves on its Board of Directors. Formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Neenah, Inc., she has held numerous leadership positions within the company over the last 14 years, including Chief Operations Officer, Segment President of Technical Products and Fine Paper & Packaging, and Vice President and General Manager of Fine Paper & Packaging. 

Julie began her career at Georgia-Pacific in 1992 as a Financial Analyst for Consumer Products. While at Georgia-Pacific, she served in several roles over her 16-year career there, including Vice President of Sales and Marketing Strategy, Vice President of Supply Chain, Director of Sales Operations and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. 

Julie graduated from Florida State University’s College of Business in 1991 with a BA in Accounting and received her MAcc degree from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 1992. 

Julie serves on the Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Board.  She is also a member of CEOs for Action & Diversity, and previously served on the Paper & Packaging Check-Off Board and National Paper Trade Association Board.

Greg Weitzel

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Weitzel

Greg Weitzel is Mativ’s Chief Financial Officer, having formerly served as the company’s Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis. He previously held the same role for Neenah, Inc., where he had leadership positions in corporate and business finance since 2013.

Prior to joining Neenah, Inc., Greg served in several leadership roles within Finance and Supply Chain for Georgia Pacific and Koch Industries over a span of nearly 20 years.

Greg graduated from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in 1993 with a BS in Finance and Accounting and received his MBA from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business in 2000.

Mark Johnson

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary  

Mark Johnson is Mativ’s Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary.

Prior to joining Mativ, Mark served as executive vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary for Kimball International. He also served as president of Kimball International’s Hospitality business unit. He previously held leadership roles at Newell Brands and was a commercial litigation associate for McGuire Woods, LLP.

Mark graduated from Hampton University with a BS in Business Management and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.

Rajeev Kapur

Chief Information Officer

Rajeev Kapur is Mativ’s Chief Information Officer, having formerly served as the company’s Vice President of Digital Transformation and Business Intelligence.

Prior to joining Mativ in 2022, Rajeev was the Vice President of Commercial Transformation at Kimberly Clark. He previously served as Kimberly Clark’s first Chief Data Officer. Rajeev has also held multiple leadership roles at global brand organizations including Under Armor, Newell Brands, Nike Inc., and Lucent Technologies. 

Rajeev graduated from the University at Albany with his MBA in Information Systems in 1994. He also has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Further, Rajeev sits on the board of the Americas SAP User Group and serves on the Finance committee. 

Mike Rickheim

Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer

Mike Rickheim is the Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Mativ and served in the same role for Neenah, Inc. 

Prior to joining Neenah, Inc., in 2020, Mike served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Newell Brands, a Fortune 250 consumer goods company. Before his promotion to Chief Human Resources Officer, he held various roles of increasing responsibility related to human resources business partnership, talent acquisition, talent development, employee engagement, inclusion and diversity and communications. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Naismith Awards & Atlanta Tipoff Club, Atlanta Sports Council, The Newell Brands Foundation and the Direct Employers Association. 

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Mike also completed the Modern Chief Human Resources Officer program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations.

Business operations leaders

Lionel Bonte

President, Healthcare and Wellness

Lionel Bonte

Lionel Bonte is Mativ’s President of Healthcare and Wellness.

Lionel is a global leader with more than 20 years of experience across industries and geographies focusing on operational and commercial excellence, revenue growth, and business development. Prior to joining Mativ, he served as Vice President for Ahlstrom’s Medical Business.

Lionel holds a master’s degree International Business in Economics from ISCID Business School (Institut Supérieur de Commerce International de Dunkerque – Côte d’Opale).

Katrin Hanske

President, Engineered Papers

Katrin Hanske

Katrin Hanske is the President of Engineered Papers at Mativ and is based in Luxembourg. She joined former SWM International beginning in 2021 as Vice President and General Manager of SWM’s Tobacco and Alternative Solutions business.

Prior to her time at SWM International, Katrin served as the Vice President of the Supply Chain at Orion Engineered Carbons from 2015 to 2021. She also held the role of Director of Supply Chain at Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials (2010 to 2015). Katrin worked in the U.S. and Asia on semiconductor plant construction projects, and began her career as a production engineer for a Motorola/Siemens joint venture in the U.S.

Katrin received her degree in Engineering from the Technische Universitat Dresden in 2001.

Olivier Lavaud

President, Release Liners

Portrait of Olivier Lavaud

Olivier Lavaud is the President of Release Liners at Mativ. Previously, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of Silicone Release Liners at the former Neenah, Inc., and is based in Andoain, Spain.

Prior to his time at Neenah, Inc., Olivier spent almost 10 years at ITASA, which was acquired by Neenah, Inc., in 2021. At ITASA, he served as a Sales Director, General Manager and eventually the Chief Executive Officer before transitioning to Neenah, Inc. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Owner of Peterson Espanola SA and from 2006 to 2012, served as the Product Line Manager of Goscogne Laminates in Dax, France. Olivier started his career at Alhstrom Paper Group as a Sales Manager in 1996 and spent almost 10 years between the U.S., Australia and France locations.

Olivier received his degree from the E.S.C.E. International Business School in Paris, France in 1996.

Vishal Rao

President, Industrials

Portrait of Vishal Neenah

Vishal Rao is President of Industrials at Mativ. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Neenah, Inc.’s, Industrial Solutions division beginning in 2020, after serving in commercial leadership roles since joining the organization in 2017. 

Prior to joining Neenah, Inc., Vishal held multiple General Management and Strategy roles at Novelis and its subsidiaries, including Vice President of Asian Specialties Business based in South Korea, Managing Director of Alcom based in Malaysia and Director of Corporate Strategy based in Switzerland and U.S. Preceding Novelis, Vishal worked in various strategy and finance roles at McKinsey and Company, World Bank and KPMG. 

Vishal received both his BComm and MComm degrees from the University of Mumbai and qualified as a Chartered Accountant from India in 2001. Vishal also attended the Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA in General Management in 2006.

Caio Sedeño

President, Protective Solutions

Portrait of Caio Sedeno

Caio Sedeño is the President of Protective Solutions at Mativ. He previously served as the Vice President and General Manager of Films for SWM International beginning in 2020. 

Prior to his time at SWM International, Caio spent 13 years at Dow in a variety of leadership roles in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, including Research & Development Manager for Fluids and Lubricants, Global Product and Marketing Director for several specialty chemical businesses, Oil & Gas Regional Business Director and Latin America Performance Chemical Division Commercial Vice President. In 2019 he ended his career at Dow as the North America Commercial Vice President of Dow Polyurethanes and CAV.

Caio received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Escola de Engenharia Maua in Brazil and received his Executive Education in International Business Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

Kingsley Shannon

President, Packaging & Specialty Papers

Portrait of Kingsley Shannon

Kingsley Shannon is the President of Packaging & Specialty Paper at Mativ. She formerly served as Executive Vice President, Segment President for Neenah, Inc.’s, Fine Paper & Packaging division beginning in 2020.  

At Neenah, Inc., Kingsley served in a variety of directorial and leadership positions from 2013 to 2022, including Vice President of Consumer Products Sales & Marketing, Vice President of Marketing & Global Marketing Services and Senior Director of Marketing of the Fine Paper & Packaging division. Prior to her time at Neenah, Inc., Kingsley served as Director of Marketing Services and Senior Brand Manager at Newell Brands (formerly Newell-Rubbermaid). She also held a variety of positions at Maytag Corporation (now Whirlpool Corporation) including Director of Marketing & Innovation along with other sales and marketing positions.

Kingsley received her BA degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1997. Kingsley also currently serves as a board member of the National Paper and Trade Association and has served as a board member, and the marketing chair, for the USDA’s Paper & Packaging Board.  

Christoph Stenzel

President, Filtration

Portrait of Christoph Stenzel

Christoph Stenzel is Mativ’s President of Filtration. Previously, he served as Neenah Inc. Vice President for Global Filtration and General Manager for the Neenah Gessner GmbH.

Christoph spent almost than 20 years at Neenah, serving in multiple directorial and leadership roles. In 2003 he joined the Filtration Team as Sales Manager and developed markets around Asia and South America. Christoph was promoted in 2009 to a Director of Sales & Marketing and Director of the Strategic Business Units Filtration. In 2013, he became a Vice President and oversaw Filtration Gessner and was promoted in 2015 as a Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Global Filtration.

Christoph started his professional career at Henkel and Sihl before joining FiberMark-Gessner as an R&D manager for Masking Tape in 1998. He received a degree in Chemical engineering from the Fachhochschule Aachen.

Jason Free

Executive Vice President, Operations

Portrait of Jason Free

Jason Free is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Mativ. He served as the Executive Vice President of Global Operations & Supply Chain at the former Neenah, Inc., beginning in 2020. 

Jason started his career at Neenah, Inc., in 2006 as an Asset Leader. He served as Operations Manager and Converting Center Manager before becoming Director of Mill Management. In 2018 Jason was promoted to Vice President of the Fine Paper & Packaging Supply Chain, then Vice President of U.S. Manufacturing. 

Prior to his time at Neenah, Inc., Jason served in various roles at Stora Enso (2000 to 2004) and Wausau Paper (2004 to 2006). 

Andrew Downard

Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain

Andrew Downard

Andrew Downard is the Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Mativ.

Prior to joining Mativ, he served as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Operations, and Analytics for Apex Tool Group from 2017-2022. Other past roles have focused on improving operational execution for well-known consumer, industrial, and service brands.

Andrew’s experience includes being a supply chain research director with Gartner, as well as leadership positions with consumer products, food manufacturing, healthcare, medical services, chemical manufacturing, and aerospace manufacturing companies.

Andrew is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Calgary, Canada.