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Mark W. Kowlzan

Also Known As Kowlzan Mark W., Mark Kowlzan, W.

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Mark W. Kowlzan has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) since 2016 and a director since July 2010. Kowlzan is also President for Boise, Inc. (a subsidiary of Packaging Corporation of America). He is also on the board of American Forest & Paper Association, Inc.

From 1998 through June 2010, Kowlzan led the company’s containerboard mill system, first as Vice President and General Manager and then as Senior Vice President — Containerboard. 

From 1996 through 1998, Kowlzan served in various senior mill-related operating positions with PCA and Tenneco Packaging, including as manager of the Counce, Tennessee, linerboard mill. Before his stint at Tenneco Packaging, Kowlzan spent 15 years at International Paper Company. 

Earlier, Kowlzan occupied the position of President, Chief Financial & Accounting Officer at BZ Intermediate Holdings LLC and Vice President & General Manager-Containerboard at Tenneco Packaging, Inc.

Kowlzan has done an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, an undergraduate degree from Assumption College and an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


  • Bachelors degree - Assumption College
  • MBA - University of Louisiana at Monroe


  • Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) - CEO

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Kowlzan is a member of the board of directors of the American Forest & Paper Association.