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Sweeny, Jack C.

Sweeny, Jack C.

Sweeny, Jack C.

Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Interview 248b : In this second in a series of three interviews, Jonathan Gerland interviews Jack Sweeny about his career with Temple-Inland. The majority of this interview covers the time period of the late 1970's to the 2000's, roughly from just before the spin-off from Time, Inc. to the sale of Temple-Inland's forestlands in 2007. Mr. Sweeny discusses changes in the forest products industry, the challenges of running a company made up of disparate entities (finance, building products, timber, paper), and the difficulties of the 1980's and 2000's recessions. He discusses management dynamics, differences in management styles through the years, and how major decisions were made and their affect on those who implemented them. Mr. Sweeny also gives an overview of the changes in the forest products industry as a whole and how Temple weathered those changes.