Tolko announces leadership transition

Pino Pucci

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Pino Pucci succeeds Brad Thorlakson as president and chief executive officer

VERNON, BC — After 14 years as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tolko, and over 40 years with the company founded by his grandfather Harold, Brad Thorlakson has transitioned to the role of executive chair of the board. Further to Brad’s transition, Pino Pucci has assumed the role of president and CEO.

Pino joined Tolko in 2015 as vice president, sales, marketing and logistics, leading the implementation and growth of the company’s customer-centric distribution network across North America. With 35 years of industry experience, his innovative approach to leadership continues to inspire and challenge his teams to be their best and deliver results.

“Pino’s unwavering commitment to safety, people and values have him well positioned to lead Tolko into the future,” said Brad. “Tolko will remain a private, family-owned business and the family remains committed to the long-term success of the company.”

Pino was appointed chief operating officer in September 2023. In that period, he prioritized listening and engaging with operational employees across the business, introducing Tolko’s new five-year strategy and becoming more familiar with Tolko’s production workforce, teams and assets.

“I’m honoured to build upon the generational legacy of the Thorlakson family,” said Pino. “For over 65 years we’ve maintained a strong customer and people focus. This, coupled with Tolko’s values, have been the foundation of our success and are what will lead us moving forward.”

About Tolko

Established over 65 years ago, Tolko Industries Ltd. has grown to become an industry leader in specialty, value-added, industrial and engineered wood products. Headquartered in Vernon, BC, Tolko is a multigenerational, family company built on foundational values of safety, respect, integrity, progressiveness, open communication and profit. With manufacturing facilities in Western Canada and the Southern US, Tolko delivers incomparable customer value through its growing suite of sustainable wood products, integrated distribution network and value-engineering solutions.