Dali Zhang Named Managing Director of Asian Business at RISI

By Risi, PRNE
Sunday, March 28, 2010

BOSTON, March 29, 2010 - RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry, today announced the hiring of Dali Zhang as Managing Director of
Asian Business. The hire is part of RISI's strategic plan to further develop
its existing coverage of the Asian forest products industry with a focus on

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Zhang comes to RISI from Norske Skog China where he spent 2008 and 2009
developing their business as Vice President and Head of Corporate
Development. From 2000 to 2007 Zhang was Chief Representative/President of
Poyry Forest Industry Consulting's China operation and from 1996 to 2000 he
was Vice President of their Asia Pacific operation.

Born in China, Zhang is a US citizen and has spent the last 15 years
working in both Asia and North America. Zhang's educational background
includes a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Harbin Institute of
Technology in China, a MS in Forest Operations from the University of Alberta
in Canada, and a PhD in Forest Economics from the University of
in the US.

In reference to the hire, Mike Coffey, RISI's CEO, said, "Our business is
founded on the principles of providing valuable services and information to
our global customers. One of the areas many of our customers are interested
in is Asia and China; therefore it is critical that we expand our services in
and around this region. We've had two offices in AsiaSingapore and
Shanghai - for several years, and hiring Dali Zhang is the next step to
aggressively expanding our services. With his roots in China, and his
familiarity with western businesses, we believe he is the perfect fit for
connecting our customers’ needs."

Zhang agreed saying, "Asia, in particular China, will be the global
engine for growth over the next decade. RISI is well positioned to leverage
the momentum that has been building in this region and is ready and able to
play an important role in the fast growing Asian forest products market. This
position at RISI will offer me the rare opportunity to combine my
professional experiences to benefit not just RISI, but more importantly, our
customers. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues so that we
can join forces to take our Asian business to a new height."

About RISI

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood
products, timber, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to
help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston (Bedford), Massachusetts, RISI operates offices
in Brussels, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco,
; Portland, Oregon; Shanghai, China; Singapore; Sao Paulo, Brazil
and Charlottesville, Virginia. More information can be found at

    Thom Smith
    Director of Marketing
    4 Alfred Circle
    Bedford, MA 01730 USA
    Tel: +1-781-734-8990

Thom Smith, Director of Marketing, RISI, +1-781-734-8990, tsmith at risi.com

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