Tom Howatt served as chairman of the board of directors of Wausau Paper Corp. from 2012 to 2014 and as president and chief executive officer of the company from 2000 to 2011. He joined Wausau Paper in 1980, having previously worked at Wisconsin Electric and Miller Brewing Co. and served in various executive roles at the company prior to being appointed president and CEO. Under his leadership, Wausau Paper grew to peak revenues of $1.3 billion prior to restructuring that narrowed the company’s focus to its highly successful away-from-home tissue business.
Howatt serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Foundation and the Purdue University Krannert School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council. He previously served as chairman of the board of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Wisconsin Paper Council and as president of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Paper Science Foundation and the Pulp & Paper Manufacturers Association. He also served on the board of governors of the National Council for Air & Stream Improvement, the board of directors of the Northcentral Technical College Foundation, M&I First American Bank, United Way of Marathon County and as an officer and director of the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Weeks Memorial Hospital and Woodson YMCA.
Howatt graduated from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and received a Master of Science degree in Management from the Krannert School in 1973.