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Mercer International names Richard Short as next CFO

February 28, 2023  By P&PC Staff

Mercer International’s CFO and secretary David Ure is leaving the company, effective June 1. The company has promoted its vice-president, controller, Richard Short to succeed Ure in both positions.

Ure will step down from his current executive duties after more than seven years as CFO and over 17 years in all with the company. He will continue as an advisor until the end of August 2023 to assist Short and Mercer to facilitate a smooth transition.

Mercer CEO Juan Carlos Bueno said, “On behalf of the full board, I would like to thank Dave for his many years of leadership and tireless service to Mercer as CFO and previously as vice-president of finance. He has been a key leader of Mercer’s finance team and an integral part of our growth. We sincerely appreciate David’s contributions and his support through the transition process and wish him all the best going forward.”


Ure stated, “I have served in executive leadership at Mercer for over 17 years. I feel this is the right time for me to step away. I have been proud and fortunate to work with an outstanding and dedicated Mercer team. As a leading global forest products company, Mercer is well-positioned to leverage its world-class operations and strategic position to enhance value for all of its stakeholders. I also want to thank our board of directors, shareholders and other stakeholders for their continual support. I’m confident that Richard will be an excellent CFO for Mercer.”

“I am honoured to continue with Mercer in my new position as CFO and look forward to continuing to work with my talented colleagues to enhance the success of the company,” said Short.

Short has extensive experience and a proven track record in finance, accounting and the forest products industry over a 30-year career. He most recently served from 2014 to the present date as Mercer’s vice-president, Controller. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2014, he served in a number of positions with the company, including as director of corporate finance and controller of financial reporting. Previously he served as director of corporate finance with Catalyst Paper Corporation and assistant controller at The Alderwoods Group Inc.

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