About: Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

David H. Berkowitz

As the CEO of JP Gould with over 450 employees, I am proud of the organization we have built to address the dynamic business issues affecting our industry and customers. 

David H. Berkowitz

President and Chief Executive Officer, Gould Paper Corporation

Mr. Berkowitz began his industry career at his family business, Central Paper Company, in 1970. After a number of acquisitions and a merger, Central Lewmar, with revenues of over one billion dollars, was sold to private equity in 2005. At the time of the sale, Mr. Berkowitz was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Mr. Berkowitz joined Gould Paper Corporation in 2007 as Executive Vice President of its North American operations. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. In May 2015, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Berkowitz graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree.



  • Joe Ryan

    Joe Ryan

    Being customer-centric demands taking the time to understand our customers’ businesses and provide meaningful options to increase their top and bottom lines.

    Joe Ryan
    Executive Vice President, North America
    Gould Paper Corporation

    Joe Ryan has spent 40+ years in the paper industry. His sales management leadership with both merchant and mill organizations has provided invaluable experience in managing and building JP Gould’s North American Divisions. He is proud of his numerous sales management awards but is most proud of being part of a customer success story.

  • Michael Trachtenberg

    Mike trachtenberg

    What’s important today is bringing value to our partnerships. What’s important tomorrow is staying relevant as a long-term supplier.

    Michael Trachtenberg
    Executive Vice President, International
    Gould Paper Corporation

    Mr. Trachtenberg is Executive Vice President of Gould International. During the last 30 years, Michael has worked in sales, sales management and general management. In 2007, he rejoined as President, Metro Division, and in 2015 was promoted to his current role.

    Today, residing in the UK, he overseas all of Gould’s International operations.

    Mr. Trachtenberg graduated from Trenton State College (now called College of New Jersey) with a B.S. in Economics.

  • Ed Silver

    Ed Silver

    Our goal is to have a financially healthy company that everyone would be proud to do business with.

    Ed Silver
    Chief Financial Officer
    Gould Paper Corporation

    Ed Silver has been with Gould for 20 years after working for eight years in public accounting, primarily as an auditor. After earning his CPA, Ed continued to work in public accounting for mid- to large-size clients, including paper companies, and then moved to Gould in 1997. He started in financial reporting and has been our Chief Financial Officer since November 2011. While at Gould, Ed has been involved in over a dozen domestic and international acquisitions.