Antti Koulumies to lead UPM Forest and UPM Timber and Sauli Brander to lead UPM Global Forest Affairs

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Antti Koulumies, M.Sc. (Eng.), has been appointed Senior Vice President, Timber and Forest. Koulumies will take the leadership of UPM Forest and continue to lead UPM Timber.

The current leader of UPM Forest Sauli Brander, B.Sc. (Eng.), eMBA, has been appointed Vice President, UPM Global Forest Affairs. He will focus on global forest advocacy as well as global forestry themes, such as climate-positive forestry and biodiversity.

Both appointments will take effect on 1 September 2023. Koulumies and Brander will continue to report to Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Fibres, and they will also continue as members of UPM Fibres business area management team.

” The Finnish wood market is in a new situation. UPM Forest and UPM Timber form a system that enables competitive wood sourcing for our mills. Through this leadership rotation, we aim to further intensify collaboration between UPM Timber and UPM Forest and support further development of our Finnish operations. At the same time, global forest affairs are increasingly important for UPM as 60% of the company’s pulp capacity is now in Uruguay, and wood sourcing outside Finland is increasing. Thus, we have a growing need for expertise related to the latest regulation and science in sustainable forestry,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Fibres.

UPM Forest
At UPM Forest, we help forest owners make the best solutions in their forests. We keep our customers and their forests rich and loved timelessly, effortlessly, and responsibly. We are committed to climate-positive forestry and improving biodiversity when sourcing wood for UPM's production facilities.

UPM Timber produces redwood and whitewood sawn timber for the joinery, packaging, distribution, and construction industries. Our sawmills are powered entirely by renewable energy. We use certified Finnish raw material and the latest sawmilling techniques to produce high-quality sawn timber that fulfills our customers’ requirements. UPM Timber has four sawmills in Finland with a total annual capacity of 1.4 M cubic metres and its own sales network in Europe and Asia. UPM Timber employs around 410 people and has its headquarter in Tampere. #settingthestandard

We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Fibres, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. As the industry leader in responsibility, we are committed to the UN Business Ambition for 1.5°C and the science-based targets to mitigate climate change. We employ 17,200 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 11.7 billion. Our shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. UPM Biofore – Beyond fossils.

Source: UPM