Senior Leadership Team
Paul Gillard – General Counsel and Company Secretary
Paul Gillard joined Tenon Limited in 2001. Paul’s role encompasses legal affairs, company secretarial, commercial affairs, stock exchange compliance and governance. Paul has been closely involved in the restructuring of Tenon through the sales of its forests and structural manufacturing divisions, and the acquisition and sales of Tenon’s business units in North America. He had previously spent five years as Corporate Counsel with the New Zealand operations of US Information Technology services company, EDS. Paul’s role with EDS also encompassed responsibilities in Australasia, including large IT outsourcing transactions in Australia and advising on transactions throughout Asia. Before joining EDS, Paul consulted to the Treasury Department of the State of Victoria in energy sector deregulation. Prior to that he was Corporate Counsel for Telecom Limited in New Zealand, responsible for the provision of all legal services, where he was involved in the privatisation of Telecom and the deregulation of the telecommunications sector in New Zealand. Prior to joining Telecom, Paul practised as a commercial lawyer at partnership level in New Zealand, and before that, he worked at a law firm in Washington DC. Paul has a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University in Wellington, where he also spent time as a member of the law faculty. Paul was also a founding board member of the Wood Processors Association of New Zealand.
Sharon Ludher-Chandra – Senior Vice President, Operational Performance and Growth
Sharon Ludher-Chandra joined Tenon in 2012, and prior to that she had been involved with the Company for 15 years, through her employment with Tenon’s majority shareholder, Rubicon Limited, reporting directly to the CEO. Sharon’s responsibilities at Rubicon included market analysis, operational reviews, and M & A activity, with the Group’s forestry interests in NZ, US and South America. Sharon brings to Tenon strong commercial, analytical and project management skills, with her role spanning a wide range of activities including operational and financial performance improvement and review, the assessment and implementation of organic and acquisitive growth initiatives, budgeting, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Tenon and Rubicon, Sharon worked at Deloitte Corporate Finance. Sharon has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours in Finance) from Auckland University, New Zealand.
Mark Taylor – General Manager New Zealand Operations
Mark Taylor joined Tenon in 2004 (having previously worked for Tenon’s predecessor, Fletcher Forests, for 18 years). He has held several management roles at Tenon’s Taupo operations, including Sawmill Manager and Solid Lineal Mouldings Plant Manager. He was appointed General Manager of the Taupo operation in May 2006, and since then has been responsible for leading the growth of Tenon’s clearwood production and sales into the US and Europe. Mark is responsible for all operational matters on the Taupo site, including for the recent completion and commissioning of two large ($7 million) capital upgrades which have increased the site’s output of its high value clearwood products.
Adam White – Chief Financial Officer
Adam White was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Tenon Limited in 2006. Adam joined Tenon in 1999 as Commercial Manager responsible for financial leadership and performance review of Tenon’s North America manufacturing and distribution business units in New Zealand and the United States, with experience in capital investment appraisals, new system implementations, restructuring activities and supply chain planning. In 2004, Adam was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Tenon’s leading US-based subsidiary, The Empire Company, during a period of accelerated growth and strategic expansion involving the completing of key acquisitions and implementing new US bank facilities. Following his appointment as CFO to Tenon Limited in 2006, Adam has led the functional responsibilities for audit and tax reporting, and treasury management, including the negotiating of bank-syndicated facilities. Prior to joining Tenon, Adam held corporate accounting roles in the UK and as project leader of a major European finance systems implementation. Adam previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand and the UK for seven years within business advisory and audit disciplines. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham, UK, and qualified as a UK chartered accountant in 1985.