EDMONTON, June 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. ("Millar Western") today announced two executive appointments. Both
appointments take effect July 1, 2012, and both are made to replace
retiring officers of the company.
Stefan Demharter, currently the company's General Manager, Wood
Products, has been named Vice-President, Wood Products. In this role,
he will provide strategic planning and oversight of all aspects of the
company's manufacture and marketing of lumber and specialty wood
products. Mr. Demharter succeeds Joseph Costantino, who will retire
June 30, following 23 years of service to Millar Western. Mr. Demharter
has been with the company for 11 years, and has experience in the
forest products industry extending over 30 years.
Brian McConkey has been named Vice-President, Human Resources,
responsible for providing leadership and coordination of employee
recruitment, retention, development and compensation activities
throughout the organization. Mr. McConkey succeeds David Keir, who is
retiring June 30 after a 25-year career with the company. Mr. McConkey
has been with Millar Western for 13 years, serving most recently as
Director, Human Resources, and has 23 years' experience in the field of
human resource management within the forest sector.
"We are very pleased to be making the appointments to these executive
positions from within our company's ranks," said J. Craig Armstrong,
President and Chief Executive Officer. "Brian and Stefan have each
demonstrated their in-depth understanding of our company's strengths
and our industry's opportunities, and we look forward to benefiting
from their effective leadership in the years ahead."
Mr. Armstrong also commended the company's outgoing executives. "The
Board of Directors of Millar Western wishes to thank Dave Keir and Joe
Costantino for their outstanding contributions to our company over many
years of dedicated service."
About Millar Western
Millar Western is an integrated forest products company based in
Alberta, Canada, that produces and markets hardwood and softwood
bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp, or BCTMP, and softwood lumber.
Millar Western is Alberta's largest privately held forest products
company, a leading global marketer of BCTMP, among the lowest-cost
producers of market BCTMP in the world and among the lowest-cost lumber
producers in North America.
SOURCE Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.
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