HVP Plantations has announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Rob Hescock, who has held the position of General Manager Northern Region at HVP Plantations since 2010. Source: Timberbiz
Prior to his time at HVP, Mr Hescock held a series of operational roles across forestry in Australia and the US.
The General Manager Northern Region role vacated by Mr Hescock has also been filled by Anne Partridge who has been promoted to the leadership team in this role.
HVP Plantations’ Chair, Adrian Kloeden said: “The HVP Board sought a candidate with strong experience across forestry and customer services and with great technical skills.
“Rob was selected in a competitive selection process from a strong field of internal and external candidates.”
Stephen Ryan, HVP Plantations’ Chief Executive Officer said: “We couldn’t be happier to have appointed Rob for this important role. He has worked across a variety of HVP’s locations and operational functions, as well as served as a member of our leadership team for the past eight years. Each of these elements of his career has equipped him with skills and knowledge that will benefit HVP.”
Mr Ryan stated that “HVP also saw the value in appointing a person to the General Manager Northern Region position who has a strong understanding of the regions’ customer needs and forest operations”.
Anne Partridge takes on this role with more than 25 years’ experience in forestry, including 15 years within HVP in harvest, haulage and customer management roles.
“We believe that both Rob and Anne will be effective in continuing to drive the HVP ethos that nothing is more important than the safety of our staff and contractors and the public,” Mr Ryan said.
“I am honoured and excited to have been selected to be involved in the leadership of such a great organisation. I look forward to continuing the success of this company, whilst managing our operations in a safe and sustainable way,” Mr Hescock said.
He also paid tribute to HVP staff and their commitment that has continued to consolidate the financial success whilst increasing the safety culture of the organisation.
“I’d like to acknowledge the great people we have working here for their passion for our forests and their dedicated service to HVP. Their valued contributions are why the company has been successful” he said.
Mr Hescock and Ms Ryan commenced their respective roles on 28 May 2018.
HVP Plantations is a privately owned plantation forestry company, managing over 240,000 hectares of land across Victoria. HVP supplies logs for sawn timber, paper manufacturing, treated panel board and other timber uses to domestic and export customers.