Allyn Ford, CEO and President of Roseburg Forest Products, announced today that the Ford Family and the Roseburg Board of Directors have chosen Grady Mulbery to assume the role of Roseburg’s President effective Jan. 1, 2016. Mr. Ford will continue in his role as CEO until Jan. 1, 2017, when he will retire. Upon Mr. Ford’s retirement, Mulbery will assume the joint role of CEO and President. Mr. Ford also announced he will continue on as Chairman of the Board for Roseburg after stepping out of the company’s top executive role.
“I am pleased to say that we have selected an internal candidate to first step into the President’s role then move into the CEO role when I retire from that position,” Mr. Ford said. “Grady has demonstrated his readiness and willingness to lead our organization, and this not only provides a strong sense of security, but also one of continuity in pursuing our vision and living our values as a company.”
Mulbery joined Roseburg in early 2011 as Vice President of Composites Manufacturing and later became Vice President of Manufacturing. He has led Roseburg’s production operations since 2012. Prior to becoming part of Roseburg’s Executive Team, he was Director of Manufacturing for SierraPine.
“I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to move into this new role with Roseburg, and I am committed to continuing the pursuit of growth and stability that Allyn has led for the past several years,” Mulbery said. “We have a strongly dedicated Executive Team and organizational leadership that shares in the vision that we have set for the company and a Board led by Allyn that also is committed to Roseburg’s ongoing development.”
Mr. Ford was named CEO and President of the company in 1997, succeeding his father, Kenneth Ford, who founded the company in 1936. During his more than 50 years with the company, Allyn Ford has held numerous positions. He served in a chief operating officer role for about eight years and previously managed the manufacturing and resource departments. As CEO/President, Mr. Ford led Roseburg through the difficult economic downturn of a few years ago toward significant growth.
“We persevered and survived that terrible recession because of our leadership and our people,” Mr. Ford said. “We’ve come out the other side stronger, with an increased commitment to growing within our industry while remaining a vital partner to the communities in which we operate. I’m extremely pleased that we found a new President who feels that same sense of energy and dedication to that growth.”