New COO joins the forest stewardship council

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BONN, Germany -- The Forest Stewardship Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Patrick Little as Chief Operations Officer at the FSC International Center in Bonn Germany. In this newly-created role, Patrick will be responsible for coordinating the development of technical and administration operations at the FSC International Center which supports the activities of a Global Network in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

'The creation of this position is just one example of our strategic response to FSC's pheno-menal success over the past years. We are moving our operations and quality of service to a new level of excellence so that we can continue to meet the tremendous challenges that come with growth and expansion,' commented Mr. Andre de Freitas, Director General of FSC. 'Patrick brings a wealth of hands-on experience and the critical skills needed to ensure FSC remains at the forefront of forest certification.'

FSC is the fastest growing forest certification scheme worldwide with more than 140 million hectares in over 80 countries. In 2011, FSC chain of custody certification surpassed 20,000 certificates, driven by strong market demand for responsible forest products.

'I am delighted to be joining the FSC Team,' said Patrick, who joined the Forest Stewardship Council on June 1st. 'FSC has been a great success story since its inception 20 years ago, with the volume of products and services bearing the FSC Trustmark sold in 2010 exceeding $20 billion. When we consider that merely 10% of the world's productive forests are currently FSC certified, it is obvious that there is still much work ahead to promote forest management that brings environmental, social and economic benefits. We have here an opportunity, rare in today's world of business, to refocus and improve our operations while we are so successful.'

Prior to joining FSC, Patrick, who is an Irish National and has spent the past 30 years living in Southern Germany, was owner and Principal of a Change Management Consultancy Business. In this capacity he worked with many small- and medium-sized business in the areas of Change Management and Process Optimization. He spent the period from 1987 to 2003 in the international telecommunications business, working mainly in Operations and Executive Management.

'What impressed me most in my first week, apart from the scope and complexity of the operations, was the passion, diversity and skills of the gifted team we have here in Bonn and the mutual respect and mindfulness with which the team members interact. This is clearly an advantage we have over most organizations I have encountered in my professional career of over 25 years,' stated Patrick.

About the Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. FSC is a unique forum where stakeholders from around the world meet and, through strong multi-stakeholder processes, define essential social and environmental criteria for forest management. These fundamental principles are realized in forests worldwide through FSC certification. Through programs, services and solutions that support FSC certification, the Forest Stewardship Council empowers organizations, businesses and communities to support forest management that meets the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. Find more information at www.fsc.org.

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