Munksjö appoints Manfred Bracher as CEO

MARCH 23, 2023, AT 13:00 CET
Manfred Bracher is appointed CEO of Munksjö, effective May 1st, 2023.
With the company entering its next growth phase as the first
manufacturer solely dedicated to decor paper, Manfred will succeed
current CEO Tomas Wulkan, who has led Munksjö since 2018, first as
a division of Ahlstrom-Munksjo and most recently as an independent
company. Tomas will support Manfred during 2023 to ensure a smooth
CEO transition and retire at the end of the year.
Manfred Bracher has a long experience in specialty materials and coating
business, having most recently served as COO of Surteco and, before
that, as Executive Vice President of Hygiene & Industrial of RKW and
Managing Director of Clopay Europe. The Austrian executive is an
Engineer and holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics and Business
Management from the University of Leoben.
Tomas Wulkan has been instrumental in leading the spinoff process where Munksjö Paper AB became an
independent company majority owned by Ahlström Capital. Based on his deep industrial and commercial
understanding, he provided Munksjö with a strategic direction and strengthened the company as a global
leader in our industry. Tomas’ career spans over 30 years in fiber-based materials, including long tenures
at SCA, Essity and Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
Jukka Moisio, Chairman of the Board of Directors, says: “The Board is confident with the appointment of
Manfred. Munksjö’s long experience in the sector and the advances resulting from Tomas’ contribution in
recent years, combined with Manfred’s expertise and leadership qualities, will allow the company to
continue to strengthen and stand out as the customers’ preferred supplier and keep advancing toward its
strategic goals of innovation and sustainability.”
“I am pleased to join Munksjö, a leader in decor paper, which has a strong reputation in the industry for its
high-quality products and superior paper solutions. With the long history in paper manufacturing, a highly
experienced team, and a strong operational footprint, Munksjö is well positioned to expand the business
with its customers further and strengthen the global leadership position in our industry”, comments Manfred
Tomas Wulkan: “I first got acquainted with Manfred when he was the CEO of Clopay Europe, where he
was an important business partner to my previous employer SCA. More recently I have met him as an
appreciated customer contact at Surteco, one of our top customers at Munksjö. Knowing Manfred from the
past, I’m confident that Munksjö will continue to develop and reach new performance levels under his
leadership. I wish him all the best in his new appointment”.
Innovative decor paper solutions – Made by Munksjö
Munksjö is a leading international manufacturer of decor paper solutions for the surface upgrading of woodbased panels. Our purpose is to contribute to making sustainable living spaces accessible to everyone. We
offer and develop innovative, tailor-made decor paper solutions, which are further processed and finally
used in product applications, ranging from furniture and laminate flooring to other interior and exterior
surface materials. With 1200 employees, Munksjö operates at six production sites in five countries:
Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, and China. Our annual net sales are about EUR 500 million.
For more information, please contact:
Adriana Cattelani, Brand & Communication Manager
Phone: +55 11 95683 4894