Forest and Wood Products Australia appoints Andrew Leighton as CEO, effective Feb. 1, after global search; Leighton is a former managing director of Norske Skog Australasia and has been vice-chair of Australian Forest Products Assn.

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January 12, 2022 (press release) –

Forest and Wood Products Australia’s (FWPA) global search and recruitment for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) unearthed a number of highly qualified candidates. After a rigorous selection process, the Chair and Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Leighton to the role, commencing on 1st February.

“We were impressed by the calibre of people shortlisted for the job,” said Craig Taylor, Chair of the FWPA Board, “and on behalf of the Board members I would like to thank them all for their time and energy in applying. The successful candidate, Andrew Leighton, brings a wealth of technical, management and leadership experience relevant to the FWPA position of CEO.”

“Andrew’s senior executive roles have included 7 years as Managing Director of Norske Skog Australasia, time as Vice-Chair of the Australian Forest Products Association and a diversity of other positions that relate to the many areas in which FWPA is active.  Andrew is the ideal person to continue the great work of FWPA, finalise and implement our new strategic plan, and lead the company into new areas of service to the Australian forest and wood products industry”.

“I see huge potential for increasing the applications for, and use of, forest and wood products as the world adapts to a carbon-constrained economy,” said Mr Leighton, “I have a longstanding passion for the forest products industry and a strong belief in its ability to play an important part in supporting environmental sustainability and driving the bioeconomy. I very much appreciate the importance of R&D investment and innovation and have a strong track record of championing this throughout my career.”

“As an observer I have been impressed with the range and quality of FWPA’s achievements throughout the supply chain and I look forward to building on that solid foundation,” he continued, “and one of my first objectives will be to meet with FWPA members and I encourage them to contact me at FWPA.”

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