Obituary: Brice Landman, CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper

AUCKLAND, New Zealand , September 28, 2011 (press release) – The Pulp and Paper Industry has lost a stalwart with the recent death of Brice Landman, Chief Executive Officer of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper Limited.

Brice had almost 30 years experience in the industry and his sudden death will leave a massive void for his colleagues and the wider Pulp and Paper industry.

Brice’s roots lay in pulp and paper with his father having joined Tasman Mill in 1955. Brice grew up in Kawerau where he attended primary school. He went to boarding school at Mt Albert Grammar in Auckland yet always called Kawerau home.

Brice attended the University of Canterbury and graduated in 1966 with a BE (Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering.

After graduation he decided to see the world and left on his OE (Overseas Experience). From 1967-1982 he had various engineering and operations management roles within BHP Steel Australia (Port Kembla NSW and Whyalla SA Mills).

Brice joined the pulp and paper industry in1982 taking a role as Maintenance Manager at Australian Newsprint Mills Ltd’s green-field site, in Albury, New South Wales. Brice was promoted to the role of General Manager at the Boyer Mill in Tasmania, and it was during this time that the Australian Newsprint Mills became part of Fletcher Challenge. These Mills are now owned by Norske Skog.

Brice was at Boyer Mill until 1992 when he was again promoted to the Tasman Mill in Kawerau as Operations Director. He spent the next five years at the mill where his father had worked and in the town he grew up in.

He headed offshore again in 1997 to England as General Manager of the Fletcher Challenge subsidiary, UK Paper’s Sittingbourne Mill in Kent. He was there for two years until it was sold to M-Real of Finland.

In 1999 Brice returned to New Zealand and joined Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper at Kinleith Mill as Operations Manager. Later, he became Mill Manager, and in 2001, Chief Executive of CHH Kinleith.

Brice was appointed Chief Executive of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper Ltd in 2006, a business with ~1.1 million tpa of market pulp, linerboard and containerboard production from 4 mills; Tasman, Kinleith, Whakatane and Penrose. He also managed the Fullcircle and Lodestar businesses. His responsibilities included all functions from wood procurement, mill operations through to sales and marketing.

Brice was highly respected by his colleagues and those who knew him in the industry and the wider community. He had a quiet, confident and inclusive management style with the wisdom, knowledge and acumen of a great leader and businessman.

Brice also had strong personal and family values. His family was very important to him and he always spoke fondly of them and expressed pride about the achievements of his two sons. Brice had taken to his new role of grandfather with enormous pleasure.

Brice liked to relax with a glass of fine red wine and great food and when he had the time ski, scuba dive and play the occasional game of golf.

Brice will be greatly missed.

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