HVP Plan­ta­tions ap­points Stephen Ryan as CEO

Australian Forests and Timber - - Appointments -

STEPHEN RYAN, who has held the po­si­tion of Chief Financial Of­fi­cer at HVP Plan­ta­tions since 2007, has taken up the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer role fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Karl Kny.

Prior to his time at HVP, Stephen held a se­ries of op­er­a­tional and ex­ec­u­tive roles across forestry, agri­cul­tural and re­tail sec­tors in Aus­tralia and the USA. HVP’s Chief Financial Of­fi­cer role has also been filled, with Josie Pane join­ing the ex­ec­u­tive team.

HVP Plan­ta­tions’ Chair, Adrian Kloe­den said the HVP Board had sought a can­di­date with ex­pe­ri­ence across forestry and financial ser­vices. Stephen was se­lected in a com­pet­i­tive se­lec­tion process from a strong field of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal can­di­dates.

“We couldn’t be hap­pier to have ap­pointed Stephen for the role,” Adrian said. “He has worked across a va­ri­ety of sec­tors, in­clud­ing forestry, as well as served on our ex­ec­u­tive for the past 10 years. Each of these el­e­ments of his ca­reer has equipped him with skills and knowledge that will ben­e­fit HVP.”

The HVP Board also saw the value in ap­point­ing a CFO with a depth and breadth of per­spec­tive, and with ex­pe­ri­ence that also lies out­side forestry. Josie Pane comes to HVP from the en­ergy and re­sources sec­tor with over 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in fi­nance roles for both listed and large pri­vate en­ti­ties.

“We be­lieve Stephen, along with Josie, will be ef­fec­tive in con­tin­u­ing to drive the ethos that noth­ing is more im­por­tant than the safety of our staff and con­trac­tors and the pub­lic,” Mr Kloe­den said.

■ Josie Pane.

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