Australia’s forest industries recently welcomed Andrew Leighton as the new Chief Executive Officer of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA).
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), Victor Violante said Mr Leighton is well known throughout Australia’s forest industries.
“Mr Leighton’s senior roles include seven years as Managing Director of Norske Skog Australasia and he is a former vice-chair of the AFPA board. He is an excellent choice to lead FWPA into its next stages of research and development, including implementation of FWPA’s new strategic plan,” Mr Violante said.
“There are exciting opportunities ahead for forest industries research and development as the world moves towards carbon-friendly products, but also major challenges where Mr Leighton will have an intimate knowledge and understanding. It is particularly exciting to hear that Mr Leighton will also reiterate his strong belief in forest industries supporting environmental sustainability,” he said.
The AFPA works closely with FWPA on aligning industry research and development with industry needs, according to Mr Violante, while also addressing emerging challenges and opportunities for the sector and continuing to be at the forefront of global trends.
“Mr Leighton’s extensive experience in Australia’s forest industries will ensure this strong collaboration continues. On behalf of Australia’s forest industries and the AFPA team, I welcome Andrew Leighton to his new position and look forward to a constructive working relationship in 2022 and beyond,” Mr Violante concluded.