PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Doyle Simons

Timberlands dealer and wood manufacturer Weyerhaeuser Co. has a new president and CEO, effective Aug. 1. Doyle Simons will be succeeding incumbent retiree Dan Fulton, who will then serve as executive vice chairman of the board of directors until his retirement in October.

Simons, who was previously chairman and CEO of Temple-Inland, is currently acting as CEO elect for Weyerhaeuser and has been serving on its board of directors since June 2012. He was also appointed RISI's 2009 North American CEO of the Year in the paper and forest products industry.

"As former CEO and chairman of Temple-Inland, Doyle has a proven track record of driving performance to achieve results," said Chuck Williamson, chairman of Weyerhaeuser's board of directors. "He has deep experience in the forest products industry, broad business and functional expertise and a passion for operational excellence."

Both Simons and Fulton have proven track records of navigating challenging economic climates, according to the company. Fulton stated that he expects that Simons will maintain Weyerhaeuser's competitive edge as the housing recovery continues.