Danzer announces management change

Global hardwood specialist Danzer announces changes in its management. After 21 years with the company, CEO Olof von Gagern will retire at 65. Rudi Heinzelmann will succeed him as CEO of Danzer Veneer Europe while Ulrich Grauert will assume the role as CEO of Interholco AG.

Rudi Heinzelmann, CEO of Danzer Veneer Europe

Ulrich Grauert, CEO of Interholco AG

Both Mr Heinzelmann and Mr Grauert have been acting as COO for Danzer Veneer Europe and Interholco AG respectively. Mr Heinzelmann joined Danzer in 1984 and has worked in several functions including sales, procurement and product management; Mr Grauert joined Interholco AG in Switzerland in 1993. Born in Africa, he has spent his entire professional life in the hardwood industry.

In the future, the Danzer and Interholco brands will operate independently from each other: Danzer will focus on temperate hardwoods while Interholco will sharpen its focus in tropical forest management as well as a leading producer of tropical wood.

All Danzer activities focusing on hardwood from temperate forests will be eventually consolidated under the Danzer brand, including Danzer Veneer Americas, Danzer Veneer Europe, Danzer UK, Danzer Specialty Division, Bradford Forest and Interforest Lumber. Danzer has been investing in innovative new technologies in Europe and North America to increase the resource efficiency.

“The separate management of the Interholco brand allows us to better focus our activities on the requirements of forest management and timber production in Africa,” Mr Grauert said. “We can better target our investments and activities, and focus on engaging stakeholders in the Congo Basin to address social, environmental and economic needs at local, regional and national level.”

“Our activities with hardwood products from temperate forests will also benefit from the two brand approach,” Mr Hans-Joachim Danzer, CEO of Danzer Holding AG, said. “While both businesses share the same principles and values in relation to the natural hardwood resource and the conduct of business, we deal with very different products, markets, species and business drivers day to day.”

Interholco has been working in Africa since 1964 and owns IFO (Industrie Forestière d’Ouesso) in the Republic of Congo. This Interholco subsidiary manages the largest contiguous forest concession in the tropics (1.16 million hectares) that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC).


Cover image: Outoing CEO Mr Olof von Gagern