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Lee Thomas


Mr. Thomas served as Chairman and CEO of Rayonier (NYSE: RYN), a diversified forest products company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2007 to 2012.  Prior to Rayonier, Mr. Thomas spent thirteen years in various executive roles at Georgia-Pacific, a global manufacturer and marketer of tissue, packaging, paper, building products and related chemicals.    He became President and COO of Georgia-Pacific in 2002.  From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Thomas was CEO of Law Environmental Group, a national environmental engineering firm. 
Prior to his business career, Mr. Thomas spent 21 years in government with local, state and federal agencies.  His final years in government were with the Reagan administration, first as Associate Director and Executive Deputy Director of FEMA for two years and then with EPA for six years, where he served as Assistant Administrator for solid waste and emergency response from 1983 to 1985 and as Administrator from 1985 to 1989.
Mr. Thomas has a BA from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a M.ED from the University of South Carolina.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for DuPont Corporation.  He formerly served on the Board of Directors for Airgas Corporation, the Regal Entertainment Group and Regents for the University of the South.

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