UPM International Forestry Chief receives CBE

Archive 13.1.2006 0:00 EET

Martin Gale, UPM Vice President for International Forestry has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to forestry in Her Majesty's New Years Honours List.

Gale, who has worked in the forestry industry for more than 30 years, was awarded the CBE following nominations to Buckingham Palace by the Prime Minister's office.

Prior to appointment as Vice President for International Forestry at UPM, Martin Gale was Managing Director of UPM's UK operations, overseeing the conversion of the UPM Shotton Mill in North Wales to one hundred per cent recycled fibre use. His commitment and involvement to the paper and forestry industry is demonstrated by his positions at UPM and within the forestry and sustainability sectors.

Martin Gale is currently UPM's Vice President for International Forestry, covering the global interests of UPM's wood fibre resources, in particular the development of UPM's interests in Metsä-Botnia's new pulp mill project in Uruguay, where he is a Director of Forestal Oriental SA. He also remains Chairman of Tilhill Forestry Limited, along with the position as a Non Executive Forestry Commissioner. Martin Gale is also a Non Executive Director of BSW Timber plc, the UK's largest sawmilling group, and a Director of the Confederation of Forest Industries (UK) Ltd.

Martin Gale has a keen interest in sustainable development and has served on numerous related advisory bodies, including Defra's Sustainable Task Force. He is a patron of the Centre for Alternative Technology and was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales for his contribution to the Forest Industry in this field.

Notes to Editors

Photographs and interviews available upon request.

For further information on Martin Gale and/or UPM please contact:
Will Stone, Head of Communications UK & Eire on Tel: +44(0)161 252 7260 or email: Will.Stone@upm-kymmene.com
Janet Stock, Communications Manager, UPM Tilhill on Tel: +44(0)1892 861305 or email: Janet.Stock@upm-kymmene.com

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Definition of CBE

The Commander of the Order of the British Empire is the order of chivalry of British democracy. Valuable service is the only criterion for the award, and the Order is used to reward service in a wide range of useful activities.

UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd
January, 12, 2005