Weyerhaeuser reshuffles its leadership team

Denise Merle is being promoted for the second time in two months.

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser says it will reorder its leadership team this summer.

Current SVP, general counsel Sandy McDade is retiring in July. Succeeding her will be Devin Stockfish, who will also maintain his current role as corporate secretary. Stockfish has been serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since last June. Before joining the company, he was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc.

Also retiring is Sara Kendall, VP corporate affairs and sustainability, on May 2.

Kristen Sawin has been named VP government relations, environment, health and safety, and she will report to Stockfish. She has been serving as director of public policy and environment since last December. Prior to that, she was the director of regional, federal & international affairs. She has been with the company since 2005.

Additionally, SVP human resources Denise Merle's role will expand to SVP human resources and investor relations after Kathy McAuley, current VP investor relations, retires in August. Merle was director of finance and human resources for the Lumber business since 2013, and before that, she was director of compliance & enterprise planning and director of internal audit. She has been with the company since 1981.

Beth Baum will take over the role of director of investor relations, effective immediately, and Patty Bedient, EVP and CFO, continues to have overall accountability for investor relations. Baum has been Weyerhaeuser's manager of financial planning since 2010, and has been with the company since 2006. She is also a commissioner and chair of the audit committee for the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

“Devin, Denise, Kristen and Beth have each demonstrated a tremendous ability to get results and I look forward to the leadership and energy they will bring to their new roles,” said Doyle Simons, president and CEO. “I want to thank Sandy, Kathy and Sara for the significant contributions they’ve made throughout their many years of service to the company, and I wish them well in retirement.”

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