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Millar Western announces new CEO, J. Craig Armstrong set to retire

December 3, 2019  By P&PC staff

Alberta-based Millar Western Forest Products has announced its current president CEO, J. Craig Armstrong, is retiring effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Armstrong will be replaced by David Anderson, who is currently the company’s chief operating officer.

Upon his retirement, Armstrong will become vice-chair of the Millar Western Forest Products board of directors.

“Over the course of a 32-year career with Millar Western, and particularly in his past decade of service as senior executive, Craig has made extraordinary contributions to the growth and advancement of the company and left an indelible mark on our industry as a whole, his leading role in the development of the international market for high-yield pulp being but one example,” the board of directors says in a release. “The shareholders and directors of the company are extremely pleased that Craig will remain with Millar Western to continue providing the benefit of his knowledge and experience at the board level.”


As the new president and CEO of Millar Western, Anderson will lead the company into the next decade.

“In 14 years with the company, Dave has garnered extensive experience in all aspects of our business, from product marketing and development through finance to the executive management of operations in his current role as chief operating officer,” says the board. “In doing so, Dave has demonstrated not only his exceptional analytical and leadership abilities, but his commitment to the core values that have made the company strong, helping it this year mark its 100th anniversary.”

With more than 700 employees operating advanced-technology mills and conducting sustainable management of forest resources, Millar Western Forest Products produces and markets hardwood and softwood bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP), softwood lumber and specialty wood products.

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