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Tolko announces changes to its leadership team

September 20, 2023  By CFI Staff

Pino Pucci, current vice-president of sales, marketing and logistics at Tolko Industries, will be assuming the newly created interim role as the company’s chief operating officer, effective October 2.

“This role has been created to support our succession planning process, as Pino will eventually succeed me as president and CEO,” said Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO of Tolko. “Pino’s proven leadership experience, significant focus on people and culture, and his alignment with our values make him the perfect candidate to lead us in the execution of our current strategy, and beyond.”

As COO, Pucci will assume oversight of Tolko’s Solid Wood, Strand Based Business and US Operations and retain his current responsibility for the marketing, logistics and transportation portfolio. There has been no formal date set for the CEO transition to occur.

“I am humbled to have this opportunity and appreciate all we have accomplished as we work to be a leading forest products and customer solutions company,” said Pucci. “I look forward to working closely with our operating vice-presidents, and the entire leadership team, to build upon our successes; serving customers by delivering sustainable forest products and solutions; and becoming the partner of choice for customers, employees, vendors and communities.”


Brad Eckford, currently Manager of logistics and transportation, will succeed Pucci as vice-president of sales, marketing and logistics.

“Brad has played a number of key roles within woodlands and manufacturing throughout his tenure with Tolko and is excited to embark on this latest challenge,” said Pucci. “His experience and commitment to getting products to customers on time will serve him well and ensure we continue to prioritize our customers as we move forward.”

Rhys Thompson, manager of OSB sales and marketing will expand his role to include manager of logistics and transportation.

“Rhys has played a number of key roles within Sales, Logistics, and Treasury, and is eager to add logistics and transportation back into his profile,” said Pucci. “Rhys has done an exemplary job looking after our customers and developing his people and I have full confidence that he will once again return to working closely together with our logistic partners to deliver our products to markets and customers.”

Kiley Sales, executive assistant to the vice-president of sales, marketing and logistics will support both Pucci and Eckford in their roles.

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