Recent changes in the top management of three of EUSTAFOR’s members – Sveaskog (Sweden), Coillte (Ireland) and Metsähallitus (Finland) – will bring changes to the Association’s Executive Committee (ExCom) as well.
Sveaskog announced that Per-Olof Wedin, Sveaskog’s CEO since 2011, will be retiring this year. Mr. Wedin was a Member of EUSTAFOR’s ExCom since February 2012, taking on the duties of President during 4 of those years. EUSTAFOR wishes to thank Mr. Wedin for the many years of efficient cooperation he dedicated to our Association and we wish him a very long and happy retirement.
Ms. Hannele Arvonen has been appointed as the new President and CEO of Sveaskog from 1 July 2019. Ms. Arvonen is very much looking forward to engaging with EUSTAFOR, where she will be replacing Mr. Wedin as a Member of ExCom. We wish to congratulate Ms. Arvonen on her appointment and welcome her to the EUSTAFOR family!
As of 13 September 2019, Mr. Gerard Murphy, Managing Director of Land Solutions at Coillte (Ireland) and our long-term collaborator and friend, is also retiring and will be stepping down as Member of the ExCom. EUSTAFOR appreciates having had the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with Mr. Murphy and we extend our best wishes for a very happy retirement!
Mr. Muprhy’s role at both Coillte and EUSTAFOR’s ExCom will be taken over by Mark Carlin, who has been in Coillte since 1998 and has worked in variety of positions. We are happy to welcome Mr. Carlin and we look forward to our future collaboration.
The latest change comes from Finland, where Pentti Hyttinen has stepped down as a Director General at Metsähallitus for personal reasons. We want to thank to Mr. Hyttinen for his engagement as the Vice-President of EUSTAFOR.
The position of the Vice-President of EUSTAFOR will be temporarily assigned to the newly appointed Acting Director General of Metsähallitus, Tuomas Hallenberg. Welcome on board!
In August, EUSTAFOR was informed of the sudden passing of Dragoș Ciprian Pahonțu, a former member of the Executive Committee (2010-2018), representing ROMSILVA. We deeply regret the loss of Ciprian and are grateful for the experience and knowledge he shared with EUSTAFOR (link). May he rest in peace.
EUSTAFOR would like to express its gratitude to all past and present Members of our ExCom. We look forward to pursuing our close and fruitful collaboration in the future!