FEDERAL WAY, Wash.---April 10, 2002-- Weyerhaeuser announced the appointment of four vice presidents to fill positions created by retirement, vacancies or organizational changes made following the acquisition of Willamette Industries.
* Robert W. Boyd Jr. becomes vice president, Procurement and Supply Management, filling an open position. In his new role, Boyd oversees Weyerhaeuser's efforts to capture more than $200 million in annual savings by leveraging companywide buying power to reduce spending for goods, services and capital equipment; trim supply inventories; and streamline purchasing transactions. Boyd joined Weyerhaeuser in 1970 after graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology. Since then he has held numerous supply management positions at Weyerhaeuser. Prior to accepting his current position, Boyd served as director, Field Services.
Effective April 15:
* Lee T. Alford assumes the newly created position of vice president, Softwood Lumber. In his new role, Alford will lead Weyerhaeuser's more than 40 softwood lumber operations throughout the United States and Canada, excluding coastal operations in British Columbia, but including nine plants picked up when the company acquired Willamette Industries earlier this year. Alford has served as vice president, Southern Timberlands, since 2000 and has more than three decades with the forest products industry. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry from Northern Arizona University and has completed executive programs at the University of Michigan and Stanford University.
* James M. Branson, a 23-year veteran of Weyerhaeuser, will step into Alford's former role as vice president, Southern Timberlands, from his current position as vice president, Plywood. As the leader of Weyerhaeuser's southern timberlands business, Branson will oversee forest management and harvest operations on 4.8 million acres of Weyerhaeuser-owned pine forests in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. The holdings include approximately one million acres of forests formerly managed by Willamette Industries. An accounting graduate from Ouachita Baptist University, Branson also is a 2001 graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.
Effective May 31:
* Arnfinn Giske will assume the position of vice president, Pulp, replacing Carl W. Geist Jr., who is retiring. Giske, who currently serves as vice president, transportation, has worked at Weyerhaeuser since 1985. He served as vice president, marketing and sales for Westwood Shipping Lines from 1990 to 1992 when he was named chief executive officer, Westwood Shipping Lines, a position he still holds. Born in Norway, Giske holds a business degree from Aalesund Business College (Norway) and a master in business administration from St. Gall School of Economics and Business Administration (Switzerland). Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Giske worked in the plastics division of Celanese Corp. in Europe. Giske's appointment takes effect May 31.
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