European Panel Federation appoints new chairman

Martin Brettenthaler (left), the previous chairman of EPF, will be succeeded by Pablo Figueroa López (right)

The European Panel Federation (EPF) has announced the appointment of Pablo Figueroa López as its new chairman, succeeding Martin Brettenthaler.

On 20 Mar 2024, Brettenthaler officially concluded his tenure as the EPF’s chairman, intertwined with his previous role as Swiss Krono Group CEO.

Throughout his mandate, Brettenthaler played a central role in steering EPF towards strategic development and impactful advocacy. Under his leadership, EPF expanded its strategic priorities, fostered inclusivity within the managing board, and above all actively engaged with policymakers and industry stakeholders to champion the collective interests of its members.

Reflecting on his departure, Brettenthaler stated: “I am heartened by the progress we have made together in positioning our wood-based panel sector as a role model industry that will play a pivotal role in fighting climate change in European building. I wish my successor Pablo Figueroa wisdom and success in leading this important European trade organisation”.

Pablo Figueroa López will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role as the chairman of EPF. With an academic background in economics and leadership roles related to exports, markets and sales at FINSA, López is eager to build upon EPF’s achievements and lead the federation towards a strong future.

In his inaugural statement, the new EPF Chairman expressed his commitment to advancing EPF’s strategic directions and strengthening its position as a key advocate for the industry: “I am honoured to assume this new role and look forward to further working closely with the Board and connecting with relevant stakeholders to drive sustainable growth, modernity, and innovation within the wood-based panel sector”.

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