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ARAUCO North America Organizational Change

General News

Cristian Infante, President & COO of ARAUCO announced that Kelly Shotbolt has accepted a new role as the Arauco North America Non­Executive Chairman of the Board, effective August 1, 2019.

“Kelly’s contributions to the panel industry across North America over the past 40 years have been outstanding. His leadership was instrumental in developing Flakeboard into a very successful enterprise, and continued this momentum following the Arauco acquisition in 2012. His industry knowledge, customer network and interface, and strong leadership transformed the North American business to that of an industry leader. I want to thank Kelly for his contributions to Arauco,” remarked Infante.

Effective August 1, 2019, Pablo Franzini, International Vice President of Arauco, will succeed Mr. Shotbolt as President and will be responsible for the operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Currently, Mr. Franzini leads the businesses in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, and will bring to North America 19 years of experience and deep industry knowledge having held leadership positions in the financial, logistics and commercial areas of the company.


ARAUCO manufactures a wide range of sustainable forest product solutions, including the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of composite panels, laminates, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp. These products are distributed to more than 3,500 destinations throughout North America. This year Arauco opened a new particleboard facility in Grayling, Michigan. This flagship operation features the largest “continuous” single-line particleboard press in North America.

Source: ARAUCO North America, Inc.