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PEFC Board Elections 2018

Nov 15 2018

Peter Latham will continue as Chairman of the PEFC International Board for another three years, following a unanimous vote by the PEFC General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Genevieve Chua, a longstanding board member and Trader representative, was elected to Vice Chair, joining Natalie Hufnagl-Jovy. Brain Kernohan (Forest Industry/Processor) and Gerald Pfiffinger (ENGO/Conservation) were both re-elected.

We are also delighted to welcome two new board members: Jin Sook Lee (Labour) and Suzette Weeding (Forestry Owner/Government).

Jin Sook Lee is the Global Campaign Director for Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), responsible for the promotion of BWI sustainable forest management. Suzette Weeding, a professional forester, is Forest Management General Manager for Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

Nominations Committee

There were also changes to the Nominations Committee, the body responsible for ensuring the balance of the Board. Dr. Bin Che Yeom (Dato) Freezailah, who has been on the Committee since 2013, stepped down after six years.

Esa Härmälä and William V. Street Jr. will continue on as the 2018 Nominations Committee, with a call for nominations for a third member expected before the end of the year.

The newly elected Board members

peter latham 2016

Peter Latham, OBE, Former Chairman of James Latham PLC, one of Britain's oldest timber companies. He is also a former Chairman of the Forests Forever Committee of the Timber Trade Federation, member of the Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, and former Chairman of PEFC UK.

Term of Office: 2018-2021


Genevieve Chua has been working in the paper industry for over 20 years. An accountant by profession, she worked for KPMG before joining the industry in 1990. She is currently Managing Director of paper merchanting group Spicers Singapore and Spicers Asia and Honorary Treasurer of the Print & Media Association of Singapore.

Term of Office: 2018-2020


Brian J. Kernohan is Chief Sustainability Officer with Hancock Natural Resource Group, directing the global stewardship program, development of policies and environmental compliance mechanisms and government relations. Mr. Kernohan previously worked at Forest Capital Partners and Boise Cascade Corporation where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification and forest policy.

Term of Office: 2018-2021

Gerald Pfiffinger

Gerald Pfiffinger is Managing Director at Umweltdachverband, an umbrella organisation of 35 Austrian environmental NGOs in the fields of nature and alpine conservation, environmental protection and renewable energy. Previously he as Managing Director for BirdLife Österreich. He also worked for WWF Austria and was the WWF representative in several advisory boards and business cooperation.

Term of Office: 2018-2021

Jin Sook Lee 2018

Jin Sook Lee is the Global Campaign Director for Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), responsible for the promotion of BWI sustainable forest management. She is also involved in coordinating global conferences on issues around combatting illegal logging, climate change and workers' rights. Ms. Lee has negotiated International Framework Agreements (IFA) with IKEA and Stora Enso.

Term of Office: 2018 - 2021

Suzette Weeding

Suzette Weeding is Forest Management General Manager for Sustainable Timber Tasmania (formerly Forestry Tasmania). A professional forester, Suzette has over 16 years direct experience in environmental management, stakeholder engagement and management of natural and cultural values and areas of significant biodiversity.

Term of Office: 2018 - 2019

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Forests area: 309 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2018)

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