New Vice President at Plum Creek Timber

Published on : Thursday, August 8, 2013

Plum Creek LogoPlum Creek Timber Company, Inc. announced that Timothy Punke has been appointed senior vice president, corporate affairs and public policy, effective October 1. His responsibilities will include oversight of government relations, communications, sustainability and environmental affairs. He will report to CEO, Rick Holley.


“Tim’s breadth of experience and expertise in the corporate affairs and public policy arenas make him an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said Rick Holley, CEO. “The creation of this new position underscores the increasing importance of these functions in helping achieve corporate objectives, and the role Plum Creek and the industry can serve in helping address multiple challenges and opportunities, such as those related to the economy, energy and climate.”
Punke has served in a variety of leadership roles during his nearly 20-year career in federal government affairs and communications. He joins Plum Creek from Monument Policy Group, a bipartisan public policy consulting firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Seattle, and was previously a partner at the law firm of K&L Gates. Punke’s government experience includes service for the White House National Economic Council, the United States Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Max Baucus of Montana, and Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming.


Plum Creek is among the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the nation with approximately 6.3 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest.


Source: Lesprom Network



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3 Responses to New Vice President at Plum Creek Timber

  1. As someone who has recruited executives for forest products companies, including Plum Creek and Rick Holley, for more than 30 years, I have found that simply being deeply steeped in “sawdust culture” and possessing deep but narrow technical expertise in how certain wood products are manufactured, are both highly overrated as selection criteria.

    With increasing frequency, hiring executives in the industry are more interested in acquiring intellectual nimbleness, strategic thinking skills and superlative EQ (emotional intelligence) than industry knowledge. Learning to make a 2×4 can be taught– while these other qualities cannot be, and are much harder to locate and evaluate.

  2. Guy Hemphill says:

    As Jeff has stated above, Mr. Punke is NOT of the “sawdust & sweat” path of some lumber executives. But I point out that he has been hired on as TOP DOG in CORPORATE AFFARS & PUBLIC POLICY …. a fancy way of stating that his job will be to shmooze the execs & grease the way for the company to advance in the direction best suiting it needs. In this respect you might even call him the corporate “pulling guard” leading QB rick Holley down the gridiron of the corporate & political back alley.

    Punke need not know the difference between a chainsaw and a 2×4 , my point is HE DOESN’T NEED TO, he is a washington “people person” with connections all the way up the proverbial pole. A good choice for the position.

  3. Jeff Lassle says:

    Tim Punke, another Washington beltway lifer with zero experience in the industry and its issues; a disservice to the forest products industry. It is no wonder few want to get into this industry for a life long career. I work with these DC types, all fancy titles, no substance; it is how they advance in their promotions. CEO Rick Holley most likely wants to be a big shot so he hires a flunky from the beltway.

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