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New Board Members Elected at PEFC’s 19th General Assembly

Nov 19 2014

sheam2Ms. Sheam Satkuru-Granzella has been re-elected as Vice Chair to the PEFC Board of Directors at the PEFC General Assembly in Paris, France. After serving on the Board as a Board Member since 2009, before first becoming Vice-Chair in 2011, Ms. Satkuru-Granzella will act as Vice Chair for a three year period.

Ms. Satkuru-Granzella has represented the Malaysian/tropical forestry and timber industry in Europe for the last 19 years, and as the Europe Director for the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) she covers markets in Europe, Turkey and Russia. Trained as a barrister specializing in International Trade, Sheam has since built an excellent international network to facilitate Public Affairs and the Marketing of timber products.

After first joining the PEFC Board in 2009, Sheam has been instrumental in forwarding the interests of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and PEFC International in Europe and Asia.

The General Assembly also elected Ms. Riikka Joukio and Mr. Hervé Le Bouler, and re-elected Mr. Peter Latham and Mr. Joe Lawson, as members of its Board of Directors for a three year term from 2014 to 2017.


Hervé Le Bouler is currently an Expert within the Research Department of ONF (State Forest Service, France), in charge of climate change impacts and adaptation policies. He heads the Forest Policy Department within the environmental non-governmental organization France Nature Environnement (FNE). Hervé is a Member of “Conseil supérieur de la forêt” and from 1976 to 2013 and was Director of the National Conservatory of Forest Biodiversity in France.


Riikka Joukio has over 20 years’ experience in global business in forest and packaging industries both in technical roles as well as in marketing, sustainability and public affairs positions. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group (formerly Metsäliitto Group). Riikka is an active member in several forest-related associations, and has had strong engagement with different international stakeholders and networks for a number of years.


Peter Latham is Chairman of James Latham PLC, one of Britain’s oldest timber companies. Since the first James Latham began importing hardwoods into Liverpool in 1757, the company has developed into a leading importer and distributor of panel products, joinery quality softwood and hardwood and hardwood flooring. Peter, is a former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trade Federation and is a member of the Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association.


Joe Lawson has over 30 years’ experience in environmental and natural resource management and was previously the Global Director for Sustainable Forestry at MeadWestvaco Corporation. Joe continues to maintain leadership positions on several national and international sustainability initiatives including the Co-Chair of the Fiber Procurement Sub-Committee at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Co-Leader of the Steering Committee 2014 for The Forest Dialogue (TFD).

The election the Board members was based on the recommendations from the PEFC Council Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee, comprising of Mr. Clifford Schneider, Mr. Kit Prins and Dr. Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, carefully considered the current composition of the board and the challenges facing the PEFC Council before proposing the candidates to the General Assembly.

PEFC would also like to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Mr. Sébastien Genest, who has decided to step down from the PEFC Board after over 10 years of service.

The current Board of Directors:

  • William Street, Chairman
  • Sheam Satkuru, Vice Chairman
  • Natalie Hufnagl-Jovy, Vice Chairman
  • Pedro Albizu
  • Olivier Bertrand
  • Genevieve Chua
  • Hans Drielsma
  • Juan Carols Jintiach
  • Riikka Joukio
  • Peter Latham
  • Joseph Lawson
  • Hervé Le Bouler
  • Michael Proschek-Hauptmann
  • Julian Walker-Palin

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(as of September 2017)
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