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Thomas Plath


Thomas J. Plath is the vice president of Human Resources for xpedx, a division of International Paper. Tom joined International Paper in 1991 as an HR associate at the Thilmany mill in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. After working in a variety of business HR roles in the Specialty Industrial Papers business, he was named director human resources, IP Europe in 1997. In 2000 he was named director strategic planning, IP Europe. In 2001 Tom returned from Brussels and held positions in xpedx in operations and marketing. He was named GM of the xpedx Illinois business in July, 2003. In June, 2006, Tom was named VP of Human Resources for xpedx. Tom is a member of the companyís HR & Communications lead team. He is a current participant in the executive program of Leadership Memphis. Tom received his bachelorís degree in education from Martin Luther College and his MBA from Vanderbilt University. Tom and his wife, Lisa, live in Collierville and have two sons and a daughter.