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FLETCHER CHALLENGE CANADA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT

 FLETCHER CHALLENGE CANADA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENT
 VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A senior British Columbia forest industry executive has been named president and chief executive officer of the Canadian operations of Fletcher Challenge Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver: FCC).
 Doug Whitehead, 45, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, will succeed Ian Donald as president of the province's second largest forest products company. Whitehead was formerly Fletcher Challenge Canada's senior vice president and chief operating officer, Canadian operations. His appointment, which takes effect immediately, was confirmed at a meeting of the company's board of directors Wednesday.
 Born in Victoria, British Columbia Whitehead spent much of his early life in Kitimat after his family moved there in the early 1950s. He completed a bachelor of applied science degree at the University of B.C. before heading east to earn a masters degree in business administration at the University of Western Ontario.
 Whitehead joined the company in 1971 and served in a number of executive positions in such areas as marketing and merchandising, planning and development and human resources. Prior to his appointment as chief operating officer in 1990, he as vice-president of Fletcher Challenge Canada's Crown Packaging division.
 The new president today acknowledged his predecessor's role in steering the company through its most difficult period.
 "Ian Donald has guided us through two recessions, a merger and a major downsizing while completing a $1.4 billion capital spending program, the highest level of expenditure in our history," he said. "Through it all, he provided tremendous leadership and established an excellent team which I feel privileged to lead."
 "I am looking forward to working with our employees and our customers in continuing to refine the company so it can take its place as an innovative and efficient modern organization that better serves society's changing needs and values.''
 Donald said the transfer of leadership to a Canadian was a prime objective in choosing his successor.
 "Doug's appointment confirms our confidence in the quality of management that exists within the company today," Donald said. "He is one of the best examples of a new generation of young, bright leaders whose management style and experience will keep this industry moving forward."
 Donald, who came to Canada in 1985 as president of Crown Forest Industries, has led Fletcher Challenge Canada since it was formed in 1988 through the merger of Crown and B.C. Forest Products. While he will remain a director of the company, Donald is returning to New Zealand in July to take up his new post as chief financial officer for the parent company, Fletcher Challenge Limited.
 In a related move, Fletcher Challenge Limited has named Garry Mace to head its forest based activities worldwide, including the North American operations of Fletcher Challenge Canada.
 Mace, 51, has been appointed to the Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. board and will assume chairmanship in July.
 Donald said Fletcher Challenge's decision to place all the activities within one management structure would provide the basis for a focused development strategy over the next decade. He said the structure was consistent with the company's desire to organize all international operations on an industry basis rather than along geographic lines.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Williams of Fletcher Challenge Canada, 604-654-4465/
 (FCC.) CO: Fletcher Challenge Canada ST: British Columbia IN: PAP SU: PER


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