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Arauco Announces New Leadership for North America

Arauco announced this week that Kelly Shotbolt has accepted a new role as the Arauco North America Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective August 1, 2019.  Pablo Franzini, who currently serves as International Vice President and leads Arauco’s businesses in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, will succeed Kelly as President and be responsible for U.S., Canadian and Mexican operations. 

In Arauco’s announcement, Cristian Infante, President & COO, recognized Kelly’s “outstanding” contributions to the success of Flakeboard and Arauco, stating “[h]is industry knowledge, customer network and interface, and strong leadership transformed the North American business to that of industry leader.” 

CPA President Jackson Morrill also shared that “we join Mr. Infante in recognizing Kelly’s incredible 40-plus year career and his transformational leadership within CPA.  He was instrumental in expanding the association to encompass all of North America, served twice as Board Chair (2001 and 2014), was a trusted and respected voice among peers, and provided past and present CPA staff with sound counsel and strong vision.  He was the clear choice to be the inaugural recipient in 2017 of CPA’s highest award, the Brock R. Landry Industry Leadership Award.” 

Mr. Morrill added “We look forward to welcoming Mr. Franzini into the CPA family and working with him and all of CPA’s members to further advance the North American composite panel industry.”  See Arauco Press Release

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