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Carter Holt mill manager jumps to Australian Paper

Thursday, 27 April 2006
By Print21

David Goldthorp, current chief operating officer at Australian Paper, will resume his previous role as executive general manager for strategic development at parent company PaperlinX.

The new COO Jim Henneberry has worked in the top job at Carter Holt Harvey’s New Zealand Whakatane board mill since 2004. Hailing from the US, Henneberry originally joined Whakatane from Carter Holt’s parent company, International Paper, to oversee a $62 million upgrade of the mill.

Henneberry’s decision to switch over to Australian Paper follows the $3 billion purchase of Carter Holt Harvey by Graeme Hart late last year.

David Shirer, manager of corporate affairs at PaperlinX, says there is no definite timeline for the management changeover at this point.

“PaperlinX is pleased with the impending changes,” says Shirer. “We’re bringing in additional expertise to the company while also retaining our existing senior management team, which is a great outcome for us.”

Goldthorp’s new role will support the continued strategic development of PaperlinX, as well as overseeing a number of operational and commercial initiatives. The position will see him working three days a week.
Tom Park, CEO of PaperlinX, says Goldthorp’s time at Australian Paper has allowed the company to define a clearer strategic direction, as well as providing the essential building blocks for the future of the business.

In addition, a strong management team has been formed and a stronger commercial position developed,” says Park. “I am confident that the change process that was commenced under David will continue and this will see Australian Paper return to profitability and meet its return targets.”

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