Columbia Forest Products Announces Senior-Level Personnel Promotions

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Brad Thompson, President and CEO of Columbia Forest Products, announced the promotion of three senior-level employees to the company's executive team. Gary Gillespie, Greg Pray and Dave Abts are now members of the Board of Directors for Columbia Forest Products.

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These changes represent the first phase of a thoughtful and controlled succession process that will keep Columbia Forest Products on its path to a vibrant future.

Columbia Forest Products, North America’s leader in decorative hardwood plywood panels, announces the promotion of three senior-level employees to the company’s executive team. The following promotions were announced by Brad Thompson, President and CEO:

  • Gary Gillespie has been promoted to Executive Vice President responsible for all of Columbia’s Canadian plywood operations and the company’s decorative veneer operations. Gillespie is also a member of the Board of Directors for Columbia Forest Products.
  • Greg Pray has been promoted to Executive Vice President responsible for all of Columbia’s plywood operations located in the United States. In addition, Pray has been named to Columbia’s Board of Directors.
  • Dave Abts has been promoted to Executive Vice President with responsibility for manufacturing, which includes logistics, materials, corporate engineering, manufacturing lean systems, and innovation. Abts is also a member of the Board of Directors for Columbia Forest Products.

Thompson reported that these changes represent the “first phase of a thoughtful and controlled succession process that will keep Columbia Forest Products on its path to a vibrant future.”

About Columbia Forest Products

Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood panels to the woodworking industry for nearly 60 years. Columbia’s decorative veneers and panels are used in high-quality cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures.

As an employee stock owned manufacturing firm (ESOP), Columbia is committed to offering products with integrity, originating from responsibly managed forestlands and assembled with EPA award-winning PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology. All Columbia products are backed by exceptional customer service and technical support.

Website address: http://www.cfpwood.com.

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