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Branchline, July 30, 2013


New Chief Executive for Forestry Tasmania

The Chairman of Forestry Tasmania, Bob Annells, today announced that Steve Whiteley had been appointed by the Board as the organisation’s new Chief Executive.

Mr Whiteley, who was previously FT’s Chief Operating Officer, has been Acting Chief Executive since Bob Gordon’s departure in May.

Mr Annells said the Board had commissioned a comprehensive executive search for the new Chief Executive and had carefully considered a wide range of interstate candidates with impressive credentials.

“However, Steve Whiteley stood out. Mr Whiteley’s combination of experience and personal qualities made him the best candidate to lead FT through the extremely challenging times ahead.

“FT has been through an extraordinarily difficult period and, while many of the uncertainties have now been resolved, the challenges remaining are substantial and varied and will require a particularly deft hand.

“Steve Whiteley has demonstrated admirable leadership qualities through the TFA process and has gained wide respect from both industry and environmental leaders.

“Those leadership qualities will be critical to FT’s attempts to secure Forest Stewardship Council certification, which has been identified by the Board as essential to the future viability of the business.”

Mr Whiteley’s appointment begins today.

Mr Whiteley, who has a forestry degree from the University of Melbourne, joined FT as a forester in 1985. He has worked across the state in positions including District Forest Manager for the Derwent District and General Manager Operations.

Until next time,
Bob Annells

Forestry Tasmania




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