Antro Säilä appointed as head of Business Environment and Innovation unit at the Finnish Forest Industries Federation

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M.Sc. (Forestry) Antro Säilä, 44, has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Business Environment and Innovation of Finnish Forest Industries Federation as of April 1, 2008. His responsibility areas will consist of issues affecting the forest industry and its business sectors’ competitiveness. He will also be responsible for standardisation as well as R&D and innovations related issues.

Mr. Säilä is currently working as Director, R&D, at UPM Plywood Business. He has wide experience and has had several executive positions in the areas of marketing and R&D of the wood products industry both in Finland and in France. In addition, Mr. Säilä has been working for the board business which gives him a wide understanding of the entire forest industry operating environment.

"Mr. Säilä’s wide experience will strengthen substantially the effectiveness of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation especially in the sawmilling and wood products businesses. In these areas, our challenge is to improve the industry’s operating environment to enable the member companies to build new competitive advantages in the long term", says Dr. Anne Brunila, President and CEO of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Anne Brunila, President, Finnish Forest Industries Federation,

tel. +358 9 132 66 00

Mr. Antro Säilä, Vice President, R&D, UPM sawmilling businesses,

tel. +358 40 589 1891