EDMONTON — Millar Western Forest Products has announced changes to the company’s senior management team.

Announcing the key appointments, J. Craig Armstrong, President and CEO, said: “Each of our new appointees has led a distinguished career within our organization, and each brings the benefit of in-depth company knowledge, extensive industry experience and valued relationships to his new responsibilities.”

David Anderson has accepted the new position of chief operating officer. As COO, Anderson assumes responsibility for all manufacturing and woodlands operations, and will work closely with managers in the pulp, wood products, woodlands and fibre-supply teams to optimize operational performance while maintaining the health and safety of all employees.

Tom Thompson takes on the new position of general manager, wood products, with responsibility for all aspects of wood products manufacture at Whitecourt and Fox Creek. Thompson will focus on strategic considerations within the wood products business, including product development, production optimization and capital investment opportunities, while ensuring operational capabilities are aligned with market opportunities and timber resources.

Darcy Veillette has accepted the position of operations manager, Whitecourt wood products. Veillette will be responsible for managing all aspects of Whitecourt lumber production, ensuring safe operation while striving for ongoing enhancement of mill efficiency, product quality and product development.

In the company’s pulp operations, Dave Martell has accepted the new position of general manager, pulp, while Dale Holloway has been appointed mill manager, pulp.

On the administrative side, Brian McConkey has taken on expanded responsibilities as vice-president, human resources and corporate affairs. Lyle Battenfelder has been appointed director, finance and administration.