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Arauco gets a new head honcho

Former President & COO, Kelly Shotbolt is moving on to other things in the company
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NEWS RELEASE
ARAUCO
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ATLANTA - Cristian Infante, President & COO of Arauco announced that Kelly Shotbolt has accepted a new role as the Arauco North America Non­-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective August 1, 2019.

Effective August 1, 2019, Pablo Franzini, International Vice President of Arauco, will succeed Mr. Shotbolt as President and will be responsible for the operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Currently, Mr. Franzini leads the businesses in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, and will bring to North America 19 years of experience and deep industry knowledge having held leadership positions in the financial, logistics and commercial areas of the company.

"Kelly's contributions to the panel industry across North America over the past 40 years have been outstanding. His leadership was instrumental in developing Flakeboard into a very successful enterprise, and continued this momentum following the Arauco acquisition in 2012. His industry knowledge, customer network and interface, and strong leadership transformed the North American business to that of an industry leader. I want to thank Kelly for his contributions to Arauco," remarked Infante."

About Arauco 

Arauco manufactures a wide range of sustainable forest product solutions, including the industry's most-comprehensive selection of composite panels, laminates, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp. These products are distributed to more than 3,500 destinations throughout the United States and Canada. This year Arauco opened a new particleboard facility in Grayling, Michigan. This flagship operation features the largest "continuous" single-line particleboard press in North America.

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