Tasmania’s largest private forest and land asset manager, Forico, has this week welcomed a new Chief Executive Officer in Evangelista (Ange) Albertini, who commenced on 10 January 2022.

Mr Albertini will spend an initial transition period with outgoing CEO Bryan Hayes, who has led Forico since the company’s inception more than seven years ago.

Mr Albertini brings an outstanding operational, technical and asset management skillset to the position, having delivered exceptional results in a series of key management and strategic roles over 19 years with Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest renewable energy producer. During that time, he distinguished himself as an innovative leader with the capacity to drive both exceptional business performance and transformational leadership.

“Ange will bring a new perspective from outside of industry as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Forico Board Chair and Managing Director of parent company New Forests, Mark Rogers.

“He is particularly skilled in asset management, renewable and sustainable resources, strategy and leadership, and importantly, he shares Forico’s commitment to meeting the highest social and environmental standards.”

The Board considered Mr Albertini’s commitment to future focussed industry aligned him strongly with Forico’s position as a leader in sustainable forestry in the green economy, with natural capital as a critical economic asset.

Mr Albertini is a demonstrated builder of inclusive team cultures, with a personal commitment to working environments which both challenge and encourage employees, driving excellence and commitment from within. This makes him an excellent choice of leader for Forico, recognised as an Employer of Choice.

Outgoing CEO Mr Hayes will move into a part-time role with Forico, focusing on industry advocacy, and will maintain his current positions as Chair of the Tasmanian Forest Products Association (TFPA) and Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN).

Mr Hayes’ leadership had been integral to Forico’s success, said Mr Rogers. “In his time as CEO, Bryan has been an industry trailblazer, steering the company through the launch of its first Reconciliation Action Plan and Natural Capital Report – both heralding a new future for forestry in the state.”

Mr Rogers said Forico was delighted to retain Mr Hayes in a part time capacity to continue his specialist advocacy work for the industry and looked forward to an exciting next chapter for Forico.