Organisational announcement

Graeme Milne, Chairman at PF Olsen, has today advised that the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Te Kapunga Dewes, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Mr Dewes has made a significant contribution to the organisation over his time as CEO. The Company wishes Mr Dewes well for the future and expresses its thanks to him. With Mr Dewes’ departure, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Ross Larcombe as Acting CEO. Mr Larcombe, whose previous role was Regional Manager of Central North Island Forest Management, begins as Acting CEO with immediate effect. Nick Bunting, Executive Director and former Regional Manager of the Gisborne Region, will also, at the request of the Board, be assuming increased operational duties during this transitionary period.

Ross is a stalwart within the company having committed 25 years to the business. Ross joined PF Olsen in 1995 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Forestry Science degree. He began this career in Blenheim as a forestry supervisor and assistant in the seed orchard. He then moved to Rotorua where he undertook a consulting role and gained valuable experience and knowledge from company founders and other talented PF Olsen staff. For the past 19 years Ross has managed the Central North Island forestry team and has been on the board as a director of the company for 9 years. 

Ross comments that, “it is an honour to fulfil the role of Acting CEO and I see this as an exciting and positive time for the company and our clients. As the COVID-19 restrictions reduce, we look forward to an improved demand for wood with a refreshed workforce. Operations have recently restarted with harvesting increasing every week. The 2020 planting programme that will begin later this month will be one of the largest in the company’s history. It’s our ongoing commitment to provide operational excellence to our customers. We always invite feedback.” 

Chairman of PF Olsen, Graeme Milne, said: “Mr Larcombe was the right candidate to take the role of Acting CEO. He understands the board’s expectations, knows the company well and we warmly welcome him into the position. I’d also like to thank the departing Te Kapunga Dewes for his contributions to PF Olsen and wish him well for the future.”