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HQPlantations CEO appointed

7 February 2023
Following an extensive domestic and international executive search, HQPlantations Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Wilson as new Chief Executive Officer following previous CEO Jeremy Callachor’s resignation late last year and departure in December for family reasons.

“Jeremy’s leadership saw HQPlantations successfully navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, the cessation of log exports to China, the 2019/20 bushfires, and unprecedented periods of extreme wet weather and flooding,” said company Chairman Tom Sarno.

An experienced CEO and senior executive, incoming CEO Mr Wilson holds extensive experience in the forest and timber industry both in Australia and New Zealand, most recently as the head of Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service in the role of Deputy Director-General at the Ministry for Primary Industries. While there, he led the partnership between government, industry and the workforce, and Māori to strengthen New Zealand’s forestry and wood processing supply chain.

“With over 25 years of industry experience, Jason has succeeded as a senior leader across a range of markets and roles including developing engineered wood product businesses, leading the strategic redevelopment of large timber manufacturing facilities, and the merger and acquisition of businesses to achieve growth potential both domestically and internationally,” said Mr Sarno.

Mr Wilson holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Management from Lincoln University New Zealand, a Master of Enterprise from the Melbourne Business School and more recently completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University in California. “Expected to join the business in April 2023, Jason is already looking forward to taking the opportunity to spend time with HQPlantations employees, customers and contractors during his early weeks to start building positive relationships and grow our partnerships for mutual benefit,” Mr Sarno said.

Until Mr Wilson’s commencement, HQPlantations will continue to be led by Interim CEO, Bill McCallum. Mr McCallum successfully led Manulife Forest Management (NZ) prior to taking on the role of Managing Director for Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agricultue Australia where he served as a Director of HQPlantations and other timber and agricultural investments in Australia and New Zealand.

Source: HQPlantations

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