BARRINGTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EcoPlanet Bamboo Group continues its executive recruitment of world class individuals from the largest plantation forestry and fiber based manufacturing companies in the United States, Europe and Latin America with the hiring of Francisco Ferreira as Managing Director of EcoPlanet Bamboo’s Central American operations.
Mr. Ferreira brings 30 years of large scale forestry and nursery experience, most recently responsible for forestry research and a 20 million tree nursery of a 135,000 hectare plantation in Uruguay. Within those responsibilities Mr. Ferreira managed an organization with hundreds of employees, multi-million dollar annual operations budgets, and the construction of a new $17 million nursery. Mr. Ferreira joins EcoPlanet Bamboo from Montes del Plata, a joint venture company of Stora Enso and Arauco. Stora Enso, a company with Swedish and Finnish origins, has 28,000 employees and operations in 35 countries, and is included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Arauco is a leader in the production of kraft wood pulp and panels, as well as having a global network of agents that sell sustainable timber products in over 71 countries.
“Mr. Ferreira is a perfect fit for our operational needs in Central America,” says Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo Group. “Although Mr. Ferreira holds multiple degrees in engineering and forestry, as well as a Masters degree in soil and plant nutrition, it is his desire to be on the ground and in the field getting his hands dirty, so to speak, side by side with our team that excites me the most about his hiring. Despite over three decades of experience, his desire to teach, train and support a team from the bottom up shows great humility and represents significant value to an organization like EcoPlanet Bamboo.”
About EcoPlanet Bamboo - "Making Bamboo the Timber of the 21st century"
EcoPlanet Bamboo is leading the industrialization of bamboo as a viable and environmentally attractive alternative fiber for timber manufacturing industries. The conversion of degraded land into certified bamboo plantations is coupled with innovative technology development to provide bamboo based solutions for products and markets that currently contribute to the deforestation of our world’s natural forests. EcoPlanet Bamboo enables bamboo to be a viable solution across multiple sectors, including textiles, pulp and paper, renewable energy and activated carbon.
With operations currently in Central America, Southern and West Africa, expansion into Southeast Asia underway, and additional countries in Latin America under evaluation, EcoPlanet Bamboo targets areas that have suffered extreme deforestation, ensuring that bamboo plantations and bamboo based products are only ever developed on degraded land, and as a deforestation free crop. In conjunction with each plantation, R&D focuses on ensuring clean manufacturing techniques, leapfrogging current technology to create a turnkey solution.
Plantations are certified under relevant sustainability standards and climate change benefits are quantified and commercialized through the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).