PF Olsen head Peter Clark steps down

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

Just last month, US-owned Ray­onier Matariki For­est saw its long-serv­ing Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Paul Ni­cholls, re­tire af­ter 25 years with the com­pany.

Mr Clark, who also stepped down as Pres­i­dent of the NZ For­est Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion last month af­ter com­plet­ing his two-year term, says: “It is time for some fresh think­ing to con­tinue the journey of the com­pany.

“I came into this role at a time when PF Olsen was a rel­a­tively small busi­ness and have had the sup­port of key clients, staff and suc­ces­sive boards to grow it into a sub­stan­tial forestry ser­vices firm in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

“The job is a long way from fin­ished but I’ve de­cided that some­one else will be bet­ter at lead­ing the next phase.”

The PF Olsen Group board has es­tab­lished a ‘CEO re­place­ment sub­com­mit­tee’ and will work with a pro­fes­sional re­cruit­ment com­pany to search for a suc­ces­sor.

Mr Clark says he in­tends to take a 6-month break and “then see how else I can best play a role in the fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties forestry has ahead of it”.

Among those roles he sin­gled out that in­ter­est him is how forestry can help New Zealand meet the Paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment, and any sub­se­quent in­ter­na­tional agree­ments, to re­duce our net green­house gas emis­sions.

“Plant­ing forests is a tem­po­rary fix that can buy us some time, but greater use of wood-based bio­fu­els and tim­ber in con­struc­tion pro­vides long term ben­e­fits,” he says.

The PF Olsen Group is based in Ro­torua and has of­fices across the key forestry re­gions in New Zealand, as well as of­fices through­out Aus­tralia.

Peter Clark is step­ping down as CEO of PF Olsen. AN­OTHER NEW ZEALAND FOR­EST IN­DUS­TRY leader has de­cided to call it quits.

Af­ter 19 years as CEO of trans-Tas­man for­est man­ager, PF Olsen, Peter Clark has an­nounced that he will re­lin­quish the role in Septem­ber.

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