Fred A. Towler

Vice President Supply Chain, North American Papers, Coated Paperboard and Supply Chain Operations

Fred Towler is a 30 year employee of International Paper. He is the Vice President Supply Chain North American Papers and Coated Paperboard. He also has leadership responsibility for International Paper’s North American Center for Transportation Excellence and the Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence. In his current role he leads the supply chain strategy and execution for customer service, production planning, inventory management, distribution and transportation for the North American Papers and Coated Paperboard businesses. Fred also has responsibility for IP’s global supply chain common operating practices, and sourcing and operations management for all US transportation, distribution and warehousing.


Fred is a native Memphian. He and his wife Ruth have 3 adult children. Fred is a graduate of the University of Memphis and was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Alumnus. He has attended the Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management Executive Program and the University of Virginia – Darden School of Business Executive Program. He is active in the Memphis community and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Memphis, Board of Directors for the University of Memphis Foundation, the Executive Leadership Team for the Mid-South Heart Association Heart Walk, and the Board of Directors for Literacy Mid-South. He also serves on the US Department of Agriculture Paper and Packaging Board.

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