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Board of Directors

Committees:

Governance Committee Chair
Audit Committee Chair
Compensation Committee Chair
Environmental, Health and Safety Committee Chair
Jimmy S.H. Lee Chairman of the Board
Jimmy S.H. Lee serves as Executive Chairman of the Board since July 2015. He served as Director since May 1985 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1992 to 2015. During his tenure at Mercer, the company acquired the Rosenthal mill and converted it to the production of kraft pulp, constructed and commenced operations at the Stendal mill and acquired the Celgar mill.

Mr. Lee possesses particular knowledge and experience in finance and banking, credit markets, derivative risk management, and international pulp markets. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
David M. Gandossi Director
David M. Gandossi serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since July 2015. He served as Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary from 2003 to 2015. Mr. Gandossi's previous roles included Chief Financial Officer and other senior executive positions with Formation Forest Products and Pacifica Papers Inc.

Since 2007, Mr. Gandossi has chaired the British Columbia Pulp and Paper Task Force, a joint government industry and labor effort mandated to identify measures to improve the competitiveness of the British Columbia pulp and paper industry. He also participated in the Pulp and Paper Advisory Committee to the BC Competition Council and was a member of BC's Working Roundtable on Forestry. He is currently a Director of FPInnovations, COFI, FPAC and Formation Forest Products. He also chairs the FPI National Research Advisory Committee and co-chairs the BC Bio-economy Transformation Council, a collaborative effort between government and industry. Mr. Gandossi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC).
Eric Lauritzen Lead Director
Eric Lauritzen has served as Director since June 2004. From 1994 until his retirement in 1998, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Harmac Pacific Inc., a TSX-listed pulp producer that was acquired by Pope & Talbot Inc. From 1981 to 1994 he served as Vice President, Pulp and Paper Marketing of MacMillan Bloedel Limited, a TSX-listed North American pulp and paper company that was acquired by Weyerhaeuser Company Limited.

Mr. Lauritzen has accumulated extensive executive, production and marketing experience in the pulp and paper industry, particularly in the softwood kraft pulp sector. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School, United States.

Mr. Lauritzen serves as Chair of Mercer's Governance and Nominating Committee. He also provides leadership to our Board on board practices, governance matters and succession planning in his role as the Lead Director of the Board.
Bernard J. Picchi Director
Bernard J. Picchi has been Director since June 2011. He is also Managing Director of Private Wealth Management for Palisade Capital Management, LLC, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and has been in that role since 2009. Before joining Palisade, Mr. Picchi served as Managing Partner of Willow Rock Associates from 2008 to 2009, a company which advised securities firms on energy investments. From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Picchi served as Senior Energy Analyst at two independent research firms based in New York City, Foresight Research Solutions from 2003 to 2005 and Wall Street Access from 2006 to 2008. From 1999 through 2002, he was Director of U.S. Equity Research at Pittsburgh-based Federated Investors, where he also managed the Capital Appreciation Fund, a five-star rated (during his tenure) $1.5 billion equity mutual fund. Before Federated, Mr. Picchi enjoyed a 20-year career on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers, Kidder Peabody, and Lehman Brothers, both as an award-winning energy analyst and as an executive (Director of U.S. Equity Research at Lehman in the mid-1990s). He began his post-college career at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, United States.

Mr. Picchi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, United States, and he has achieved the professional designation Chartered Financial Analyst. He has also served on various non-profit boards, most notably that of the Georgetown University Library which he has served for the past thirty years.

Mr. Picchi also serves as Chair of Mercer's Compensation Committee.
William D. McCartney Director
William D. McCartney has served as Director since January 2003. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pemcorp Management Inc., a corporate finance and management consulting firm, since its inception in 1990. From 1984 to 1990 he was a founding partner of Davidson & Company, Chartered Accountants, where he specialized in business advisory services. He has been involved with numerous capital restructuring and financing events involving several public companies and brings substantial knowledge relating to the financial accounting and auditing processes.

Mr. McCartney is a member of the Local Advisory Committee of the TSX and TSX Ventures Exchanges. He is a Chartered Accountant and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC) since 1980. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Mr. McCartney also serves as Chair of Mercer's Audit Committee and as a Member of Mercer's Governance and Nominating Committee.
James Shepherd Director
James Shepherd has been Director since June 2011. He is also currently a director of Buckman Laboratories International Inc.

Mr. Shepherd was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor Corporation from 2004 to 2007 and Slocan Forest Products Limited from 1999 to 2004. He is also the former President of Crestbrook Forest Industries Limited and Finlay Forest Industries Limited and the former Chairman of the Forest Products Association of Canada. Mr. Shepherd has previously served as Director of Conifex Timber Inc., Canfor Corporation as well as Canfor Pulp Income Fund (now Canfor Pulp Products Inc.). Mr. Shepherd holds an Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada.

Mr. Shepherd also serves as Chair of Mercer's Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and as a Member of the Audit Committee
Graeme A. Witts Director
Graeme A. Witts has served as Director since 2003. He is also a Director and the former Chairman of Azure Property Group, SA, a European hotel group. He organized Sanne Trust Company Limited, a trust company located in the Channel Islands, in 1988 and was Managing Director from 1988 to 2000, when he retired. Mr. Witts has previous executive experience with the Procter & Gamble Company, as well as with Clarks shoes.

Mr. Witts also has experience in government auditing and brings significant financial accounting knowledge from a global perspective. Mr. Witts is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He holds a Master degree in Chemistry from Oxford University, England and a research degree in magnetic resonance.

Mr. Witts also serves as a Member of both Mercer's Governance and Nominating Committee and Compensation Committee.
Nancy Orr Director
Nancy Orr has served as Director since May 2013. She is also a director of Protocol Biomass Corp., Prometic Life Sciences Inc. and Ressources Québec, a subsidiary of Investissements Québec. Ms. Orr's previous experience includes serving as President of Dynamis Group Inc. from 1991 to 2007, a private company involved in the energy and wood recycling sectors in Europe and the United States. She served as Senior Executive, Director and Audit and Compensation Committee member of a wide variety of publicly traded companies and government corporations, including the Bank of Canada, Dundee Wealth Management Inc., Fibrek Inc., Donohue Inc., les Services Financiers CDPQ -- la Caisse de de dépôt et placement du Québec and les H.E.C.-Montréal. She is a member of the Women Corporate Directors and a Fellow member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec.

Ms. Orr brings to the board significant experience and knowledge in the forest products industry and in financial and accounting matters as well as insight into board and governance practices and accounting matters. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen's University, Canada and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Orr also serves as a Member of both Mercer's Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Keith Purchase Director
Keith Purchase has been Director since June 2012. Mr. Purchase was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for MacMillan Bloedel Limited from 1998 to 1999, President and Chief Executive Officer of TimberWest Forest Limited from 1994 to 1998 and Managing Director of Tasman Pulp and Paper from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Purchase was previously Director of Catalyst Paper Corporation and Chair of the board of directors.

As he has held several senior positions in the forestry industry, Mr. Purchase brings to the board extensive senior executive experience relevant to the Company's operations, as well as significant board of director leadership experience from a wide variety of companies.

Mr. Purchase also serves as a Member of Mercer's Compensation Committee and Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.
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