Weyerhaeuser announced today that Fred Rowson has been named vice president, Alberta. Rowson replaces Cathy Slater in her role as leader of the company's Alberta Management Council.
Slater recently accepted a vice president and pulp mill manager assignment at Weyerhaeuser's Port Wentworth, Ga., mill. A replacement for Slater's role as pulp mill manager for Weyerhaeuser's Grande Prairie mill has not yet been named.
Rowson will continue in his role as Softwood Lumber area manager for Weyerhaeuser's three Alberta lumber mills in Grande Cache, Drayton Valley and Grande Prairie, and its lumber mill in Big River, Sask.
"Fred brings solid experience and excellent leadership skills to the Alberta Management Council," said Sandy McDade, senior vice president, Canada. "We are pleased he accepted this position and I know he will successfully lead that team to accomplish its goals."
The Alberta Management Council meets regularly throughout the year. Members are responsible for optimizing cross-business results across Alberta and ensuring the company is a good corporate citizen. Rowson has been a member of the Council since 2000.
Rowson started his career in 1977 as pulp mill team leader at Procter & Gamble's Grande Prairie pulp mill, where he worked through a variety of assignments at the pulp and lumber mills until the site became part of Weyerhaeuser in 1992. Shortly after the acquisition, he became unit manager at the Grande Prairie lumber mill. He took on his current role as Softwood Lumber area manager in 2002.
Rowson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta.
"I'm thrilled to be taking on this leadership role and look forward to continued focus on the important work the Alberta Management Council is responsible for," said Rowson.
Rowson's new role is effective immediately.
Rowson and his wife, Monica, live in Grande Prairie, Alta. They have three children, Rachel, Becky and Matthew.
Weyerhaeuser's Alberta operations include a pulp mill in Grande Prairie; lumber mills in Grande Prairie, Grande Cache and Drayton Valley; oriented strand board mills in Drayton Valley, Edson and Slave Lake; building materials distribution outlets in Edmonton and Calgary; and an engineered wood facility in Claresholm. The company manages approximately three million hectares of public land in the province. Its Alberta operations employ about 1800 people.
Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2002, sales were Cdn$29.1 billion (US$18.5 billion). It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary, has Exchangeable Shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WYL. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/.
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CONTACT: Xan McCallum, +1-780-453-9574, for Weyerhaeuser Company
Web site: http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/