Rayonier Names Benson Woo Post-Separation CFO for Rayonier Advanced Materials
June 6, 2014 - Rayonier today announced the appointment of Benson K. Woo as Chief Accounting Officer, effective June 9. Following the June 27 separation, Rayonier’s Performance Fibers business will become Rayonier Advanced Materials, an independent publicly-traded company initially focused on the production of high-purity cellulose specialties products. Upon separation, Woo will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer of Rayonier Advanced Materials.
Woo brings more than 30 years of financial and executive management experience, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Prestolite Electric, a global manufacturer of alternator and starter motors for heavy-duty applications. He began his career at General Motors, rising through the ranks over 15 years in a variety of financial roles in Michigan, New York, Canada and Brazil. He later led the financial functions of several leading companies, primarily in the manufacturing sector, including Case Corporation, York International Corp., Metris Companies, TriMas Corporation and Tower Automotive.
"Benson's strong record of financial leadership in the manufacturing sector and his knowledge of global markets will benefit us greatly as we look to grow Rayonier Advanced Materials after the separation," said Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO of Rayonier and future Chairman, President and CEO of Rayonier Advanced Materials. "With the addition of Benson, I'm confident that the new senior leadership team for Rayonier Advanced Materials possesses the talent and experience necessary to continue to deliver the long-term value that our shareholders have come to expect from our business."
Woo earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. He has extensive experience conducting business in Europe, Latin America and Asia and is fluent in Portuguese and Cantonese.
Rayonier is a leading international forest products company with three core businesses: Forest Resources, Real Estate and Performance Fibers. The company owns, leases or manages 2.7 million acres of timber and land in the United States and New Zealand. To learn more, please visit: www.rayonier.com.