EPF Announces Leadership


At its General Assembly held on March 24, 2021 by videoconference, the European Wood-Based Panels Federation (EPF) unanimously elected Martin Brettenthaler, CEO of Swiss Krono Group, and Tobias Schindler, CSO of Steico SE, to its Managing Board.

Brettenthaler was also named as Chairman designate of EPF, subject to approval by the General Assembly in June, when the third consecutive term of existing Chairman Dr. Paolo Fantoni of Fantoni Spa will end.

Brettenthaler, 50, is a citizen of both Austria and Switzerland, economist by training, active in the wood-based panel industry for more than 20 years and lives in Basel with his wife and three children.

The General Assembly also accepted, with thanks for their service and commitment, the resignations from the EPF Managing Board of Max von Tippelskirch of Swiss Krono Group and Boris Buchwald of Steico SE.

European Panel Federation has members in more than 32 European countries and represents manufacturers of particleboard, MDF, OSB, hardboard and plywood. EPF reports the EU wood panel industry has an annual turnover of 22 billion euro, creates more than 100,000 jobs directly and counts more than 5,000 enterprises in Europe.


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