By Cindy Macdonald
West Fraser has announced several executive changes in view of the fact that Peter Rippon, vice-president, pulp and energy, will retire at the end of April and Dave Lehane, vice-president, woodlands, will retire at the end of June 2016.
Keith Carter, currently general manager, pulp operations, has been appointed vice-president, pulp and energy operations, and will assume the pulp and energy operational responsibilities of Peter Rippon on his retirement. Carter has been with the company since 2000 and has held a variety of maintenance, engineering and general management responsibilities.
Larry Gardner, currently general manager, Canadian woodlands operations, will assume the Canadian woodlands responsibilities of Dave Lehane on his retirement and take the title vice-president, Canadian woodlands. Gardner has been with the company since 1980 in a variety of roles including chief forester and is a registered professional forester.
Ray Ferris, currently the company’s vice-president, wood products, has been appointed executive vice-president and chief operating officer. Ferris will be responsible for the successful implementation of our operating strategies.
Chris McIver moves to the position of vice-president, sales and marketing, and will assume overall responsibility for sales and marketing of lumber, panels and pulp products, and for transportation matters.
Ted Seraphim, president and CEO of West Fraser, said, “Peter and Dave have each made enormous contributions to West Fraser over their long careers with us. They each exemplify the West Fraser culture of hard work, commitment and strong fundamental values. We will miss working with them and wish them all the best in their retirements.”
West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips and energy at facilities in western Canada and the southern United States.