Forestry Tasmania's COO Mike Farrow, General Manager Corporate Relations and Tourism Ken Jeffrey to leave, will not be replaced because of state-controlled agency's efforts to cut costs

HOBART, Australia , October 22, 2012 (press release) – Forestry Tasmania has announced that two of its senior executives will leave the organisation over the next three weeks.

Chief Operating Officer Mike Farrow has accepted a senior position with Forests New South Wales, while General Manager Corporate Relations and Tourism, Ken Jeffrey’s position has been made redundant.

Managing Director Bob Gordon said in line with Forestry Tasmania's cost cutting drive, the two executives will not be replaced.

"Over the past few years, FT has reduced its workforce from over 500 to less than 330 today as we strive to deal with the worst forestry downturn on record.

"Mike and Ken's workloads will be shared by the rest of the General Management team and senior managers."

Mr Gordon congratulated Mr Farrow for securing a position with Forest NSW.

"Mike is a very pragmatic hands on manager, who has been acting as Managing Director when I am on leave. Our loss is New South Wales’ gain."

Mr Gordon said the decision to make the General Manager Corporate Relations and Tourism position redundant was a mutual one.

"On behalf of the Board, the management team and staff, I wish Mike and Ken all the best for the future."

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