Thomas J. Plath

Thomas J. Plath

Thomas J. Plath Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, International Paper Company


Tom joined International Paper in 1991 as human resources 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.

Between 2001 and 2010, Tom served in the company’s distribution business, xpedx, where he held roles in operations, marketing and general management. He was named vice president of Human Resources for xpedx in 2006.

In September 2010, Tom was named director, Human Resources Manufacturing. He was appointed as an officer of the company in April 2013 and was named vice president, HR Manufacturing, Technology, EHS&S, and Global Supply Chain. From November 2014 until February 2017, Tom served as vice president, Human Resources, Global Businesses. In March 2017, he was elected senior vice president, Human Resources and Global Citizenship. In January 2023, he was named senior vice president, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, with responsibilities for Human Resources, Aviation, Real Estate, Communications, Sustainability and Government Relations.

Tom is a member of the board of directors for the Health Transformation Alliance, for Baptist Memorial Health Care and for Reading is Fundamental (RIF). He serves as a member of the board of regents for Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree in education from Martin Luther College and his MBA from Vanderbilt University.