As Wausau's largest shareholder, we are not pleased with the status quo. Our hope is that management and the Board are already taking the appropriate actions required to address our concerns. Despite the addition of two strong independent directors as part of our settlement last year, we believe the Board still lacks sufficient industry experience and certain members may have been on the Board too long to view certain strategic and managerial decisions objectively, or to fairly consider alternative perspectives. We have identified several highly qualified, independent directors with significant and successful experience in the tissue and paper industries who we believe will bring a fresh perspective into the boardroom and who can be extremely helpful in evaluating and executing on initiatives to unlock value at the Company. Further, we believe Wausau's continued underperformance and management's lack of discipline in capital allocation warrant the addition of a direct shareholder representative on the Board to ensure that all decisions are made with the best interests of all shareholders as the primary objective.
Under separate cover, you will be receiving a formal notice of our intention to nominate three director candidates for election at the 2013 Annual Meeting. The biographies of each of these three director candidates can be found below. We remain open to working with you and look forward to continuing our dialogue.
Jeffrey C. Smith
Managing MemberStarboard Value LP
John S. Kvocka,
age 66, has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of JSK Associates, an entrepreneurial and consulting entity that included, at various times active, passive, and part-time ventures, since
. He has been the Senior Advisor to Apex Resource Technologies, Inc. ("Apex"), a medical device manufacturing company, since
, and has served on the Board of Directors of Apex since November 2012. Mr. Kvocka also serves as Senior Advisor to Garnet River LLC, an IT services and business consulting firm, a position he has held since September 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Kvocka served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Finch Paper LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of fine quality uncoated printing and writing papers, from
until his retirement in September 2011. Previously, he was the Vice President Business Development of SCA Tissue North America ("SCA"), a global Swedish paper and packaging company, from
until November 2004. Prior to SCA's acquisition of Encore Paper Company ("Encore Paper") in
, Mr. Kvocka was Executive Vice President, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Encore Paper from
until the acquisition date. Prior to Encore Paper/SCA, Mr. Kvocka served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of Garden Way Inc., from
and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ahlstrom Machinery, a global Finnish paper company, from
. He also served on the Board of Directors of various domestic and international companies, including Ahlstrom Capital, a private investment company that focuses on active direct equity investments primarily in industrial companies, Ahlstrom Finance Ireland, Ahlstrom Kamyr Engineering, Queensbury Hotel, and Kamtech Construction. Mr. Kvocka currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the GF Hospital Foundation and the Industrial Development Agency. Mr. Kvocka earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Master of Business Administration from St. John's University. Additionally, he is a Certified Franchise Consultant and a Senior Counselor for SCORE (LOA), a nationally recognized not for profit organization that assists small businesses.
George Patrick Murphy,
age 60, has been the Senior Operating Partner of Hudson Ferry Capital LLC, a private equity firm, since
and has served as a member of the Executive Team of Advisors of
, a private equity company, since December 2005. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Converting, Inc., a manufacturer of high quality, disposable food service products and one of
' portfolio companies, from
when the company was sold. Mr. Murphy also served as a Strategic and Operational Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of Advanced Modern Technologies Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high quality washroom automation systems, accessories, and water saving devices, from
to January 2011. In
, pursuant to a request by the new ownership of Atlas Paper Mills LLC, Palm Beach Capital LLC, Mr. Murphy joined the Board of Directors and assumed the role of Executive Chairman in March 2008. He served in those capacities until his resignation in September 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Murphy was the President and later Chief Executive Officer of Technical Concepts LLC (n/k/a Newell-Rubbermaid Inc.)("TC"), an international manufacturer and distributor of automated fixtures and dispensing systems, from
until his resignation in April 2005. He thereafter served as a Consultant to TC until April 2006. While at TC, Mr. Murphy assisted in quadrupling the company's equity value. Prior to TC, Mr. Murphy was the Asia Regional Vice President and Business Leader of the Away From Home Division of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (f/k/a Scott Paper Company), a Fortune 100 company, from 1995 until 1996, when he was asked by the President of the Away From Home Division to lead the Sales, Channel Development and Marketplace Integration efforts in
, a position he held until 1997. Prior to that, Mr. Murphy served as Vice President Sales and Channel Development
of Scott Paper Company's Away From Home Division, from 1991 until 1994. Mr. Murphy currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, a position he has held since January 2006. Mr. Murphy earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration from the
University of Southern California
. He also completed Executive Development Programs at the Darden School of Business of the
University of Virginia
and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program Leadership Studies, PhD Program, Gonzaga University.
Jeffrey C. Smith
, age 40, is a Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP ("Starboard Value"). Prior to founding Starboard Value, Mr. Smith was a Partner Managing Director of Ramius LLC, a subsidiary of Cowen Group, Inc. ("Cowen"), and the Chief Investment Officer of Ramius Value and Opportunity Master Fund Ltd. Mr. Smith was also a member of Cowen's Operating Committee and Cowen's Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ramius LLC in
, he served as Vice President of Strategic Development for The Fresh Juice Company, Inc. ("The Fresh Juice Company"). While at The Fresh Juice Company, Mr. Smith helped orchestrate three acquisitions quadrupling sales and doubling market value. He later initiated and completed the sale of The Fresh Juice Company to The Saratoga Beverage Group, Inc. Since
, Mr. Smith has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Regis Corporation, a global leader in beauty salons, hair restoration centers and cosmetology education. In connection with Regis' 50% ownership in Empire Education Group, a private company that is one of the largest providers of beauty and cosmetology education in
, Mr. Smith serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Smith served on the Board of Directors of Surmodics, Inc., a leading provider of drug delivery and surface modification technologies to the healthcare industry, from
and of Zoran Corporation, a leading provider of digital solutions in the digital entertainment and digital imaging market, from
until its merger with CSR plc in August 2011. Mr. Smith was the Chairman of the Board of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a provider of core systems software products, services and embedded technologies, from
until the sale of the company to Marlin Equity Partners in November 2010. He also served as a Director of Actel Corporation, a provider of power management solutions, from
until its sale to Microsemi Corporation in October 2010. Mr. Smith is a former member of the Board of Directors of S1 Corporation, Kensey Nash Corp., The Fresh Juice Company, and Jotter Technologies, Inc., an internet infomediary company. Mr. Smith also served as a member of the Management Committee for Register.com, which provides internet domain name registration services.
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