Steve has been with the business in Australia and New Zealand for 28 years in various leadership roles, including the last 15 years as General Manager of KPC New Zealand. His proven leadership capabilities along with significant operational experience position him well to head their growing European business.
Steve’s relocation and change in role will see a number of changes to the KPC New Zealand business structure. Terry Smith will be promoted to the role of General Manager – Sales. Terry is very well known within the New Zealand timber and timber preservation industries having held various roles over the last 36 years including 22 with KPC (and previously Osmose).
As many will know, Steve has also been heavily involved in the day-to-day operations of their production facility in Wiri Auckland. KPC NZ has hired an experienced Operations Manager who will commence employment later in May and will have 5 – 6 months working alongside Steve ensuring a smooth transition.
Finally, Elias Akle will be taking on the newly expanded role of Managing Director, Performance Chemicals Australasia, with overall responsibility for the Performance Chemicals New Zealand business in addition to the KPC Australian and Asian businesses.
Source: Koppers Performance Chemicals