By: The Working Forest Staff
PRNewswire — Weyerhaeuser Company has announced leadership and organizational changes that position the company to further enhance the long-term value of its timberlands portfolio.
Russell Hagen, currently senior vice president and chief financial officer, will become senior vice president and chief development officer, overseeing the company’s Real Estate, Energy & Natural Resources segment, and its Acquisitions and Divestitures and Business Development teams. Weyerhaeuser will immediately begin a search for a new chief financial officer, and Hagen will transition to his new role once his successor is identified. Jim Kilberg, currently senior vice president of Real Estate, Energy, and Natural Resources, is retiring in early 2021 as planned.
The new structure will facilitate increased collaboration among the Real Estate, A&D, ENR and Business Development teams to ensure a unified approach to portfolio management and support the company’s increasing focus on emerging carbon opportunities, in alignment with its recently announced 3 by 30 sustainability initiative.
“Creating an end-to-end portfolio management team is a natural next step that builds on the strong partnership these teams established as they have worked to optimize and improve our timberlands portfolio over the past several years,” said Devin Stockfish, president and chief executive officer. “Bringing together the complementary analytical capabilities and deep market expertise resident in these teams will further enhance our ability to make the highest-value asset decisions across our entire landscape and deliver superior returns.
“Uniting this expertise under one leader will also support and complement our growing focus on emerging carbon opportunities,” Stockfish added. “Russell is uniquely qualified for this role, bringing strong financial acumen, a deep background in A&D transactions, experience leading real estate, energy and natural resources operations, and expertise in evaluating and executing on business optimization and development opportunities. His energy, expertise and innovative thinking will help us drive outstanding results for our company and shareholders.”
“I am looking forward to taking on this new role, working closely with Devin and our talented teams to build on the strength of our portfolio and capitalize on new opportunities,” Hagen said. “This new structure will enhance our ability to maximize the long-term value of all our assets and take full advantage of new business opportunities as they arise.”
“Jim has made many outstanding contributions to the company as the leader of our Real Estate, Energy and Natural Resources business over the last several years,” Stockfish said. “Weyerhaeuser has benefited from his significant experience, passionate leadership, and a strong focus on asset value optimization. We appreciate the strong foundation he has built with his teams, and we look forward to the continued contributions he will make in the coming months until his retirement early next year.”