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Forest City Trading Group Announces Retirement of Craig Johnston

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Forest City Trading Group, LLC (Portland, Oregon) announced that Craig Johnston will retire from his position as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2024. After an exceptional tenure of 42 years, Johnston will step down from his role, passing the baton to his successor, Derrick Coder.

Johnston has been instrumental in guiding FCTG through significant growth and transformation during his tenure. His leadership, vision, and unwavering commitment have positioned the company for continued success in the future. Under his leadership, FCTG became an employee-owned company and developed into one of the largest wholesale building products trading and distribution companies in North America. Johnston will continue to share his decades of experience and knowledge in his role as Chairman of the Board.

In conjunction with the retirement announcement, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Derrick Coder as the new Chief Executive Officer of FCTG, effective February 1, 2024. Coder brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership as the former CFO, COO, and current President of FCTG. He began his career at Deloitte and Touche, focusing on the commodity trading and risk management industry. He later served as the VP of Risk Management for Avista Energy and the GM of the Commercial and Industrial Gas and Power division of Shell Energy before coming to FCTG in 2007.

Johnson remarked “As I transition the role of CEO to Derrick, I have never been so confident in our Company’s future. He has played an integral part of FCTG’s growth and innovation over the past 15 years. His leadership, experience, strategic vision, deep understanding of our business, and our culture make him the perfect person to lead FCTG into the future.”

“I am honored to take on the role of CEO of FCTG. Craig’s leadership and vision left an incredible foundation for us to build upon. Together with a very talented team at FCTG and our Operating Companies, I am committed to building upon our success and drive innovation, top notch customer service and deliver value to all of our partners and stakeholders”, said Coder.

About Forest City Trading Group, LLC

FCTG and its subsidiaries engage in diverse wholesale distribution globally and are collectively one of the largest wholesale building products trading and distribution companies in North America, selling more than six billion board feet of building products annually. FCTG is made up of twelve operating companies that connect supply with demand and provide solutions to thousands of customers and suppliers. FCTG is an employee-owned business headquartered in Portland, Oregon. See more at Forest City | Forest City (


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Source: Forest City Trading Group, LLC