GP PRO Promotes Rising Star Ashley Butler To Vice President And General Manager Of Tissue, Skin Care, And Wiper Business
GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific, has announce that Ashley Butler has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the company’s Tissue, Skin Care, and Wiper business. The promotion comes 11 years after Butler joined GP PRO’s first-ever Jumpstarter class, an immersive program that provides recent college graduates a pathway into permanent sales and category positions within GP PRO.
“During her 11 years at GP PRO, Ashley has proven herself to be a highly valuable team player who not only understands our core markets but also recognizes how to drive our competitive advantage,” GP PRO President Mike Adams said. “It is my great pleasure to promote Ashley to vice president and general manager, and I look forward to the successes to come under her leadership.”
“Ashley is smart, instinctive, tenacious, and intentional, but she’s also wonderfully thoughtful and compassionate. She leads with a rare combination of confidence and humility that fosters loyalty and generates respect,” Julie Howard, vice president and general manager of Georgia-Pacific’s Towel and Napkin business and Ashley’s supervisor and mentor for much of the last decade, said. “I will definitely miss having Ashley on my team, but she is so deserving of her new role, and I know she will continue to do great things for GP PRO.”
In and of itself, Butler’s story of rising through the ranks at GP PRO is certainly noteworthy: After demonstrating her natural category acuity as a Jumpstarter, she was hired to support the company’s Towel business, saw her role expanded time and again, and is credited with helping to commercialize GP PRO’s enMotion® Flex Paper Towel System. But it is Butler’s personal story that makes her professional success so sweet.
Butler is the first person in her immediate family to finish high school (she was salutatorian), graduate from college (summa cum laude from the University of Georgia), or pursue a professional career. She was also raised alongside a brother who suffered from a heart defect and endured countless surgeries throughout his life.
“My parents were good hard-working people who provided for our family, faced hardships with hope and courage, and demonstrated values I hold dear today, including resiliency, integrity, dedication, and compassion. My pursuit of a different path in life was out of incredible gratitude and respect for my parents and my brother, for the sacrifices they made and the choices they were unable to make,” Butler said. “I am honored that GP PRO finds value in the contributions my life experience provides me, my colleagues, and the business, and I am very excited to take on this new leadership role to help grow and strengthen our tissue, skin care, and wiper capabilities.”
Butler’s promotion is one of several category leadership changes at GP PRO. Julie Howard is now vice president and general manager of the company’s Towel and Napkin business, and John Strom is vice president and general manager of Innovation, which includes GP PRO’s KOLO™ Smart Monitoring System.