The EPF, announcing the news on March 21, paid tribute to former Swiss Krono CEO Mr Brettenthaler, saying he had left behind a “legacy of transformative leadership and dedication to the industry”. 

The EPF described Mr Figueroa López as a respected leader in the wood-based panel industry, with leadership roles related to exports, markets and sales at Finsa. It said Mr Figueroa López was eager to build upon EPF’s achievements and lead the federation towards a strong future. 

“I am honoured to assume this new role and look forward to further working closely with the Board and connecting with relevant stakeholders to drive sustainable growth, modernity, and innovation within the wood-based panel sector,” he said.

His predecessor Mr Brettenthaler played a central role in steering EPF towards strategic development and impactful advocacy. Under his leadership, EPF expanded its strategic priorities, fostered inclusivity within the Managing Board, and above all actively engaged with policymakers and industry stakeholders to champion the collective interests of its members. 

“I am heartened by the progress we have made together in positioning our wood-based panel sector as a role model industry that will play a pivotal role in fighting climate change in European building,” said Mr Brettenthaler. 

“I wish my successor Pablo Figueroa wisdom and success in leading this important European trade organisation.”