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Leadership Team

Meet the leadership team from ARAUCO North America


Pablo Franzini is President of ARAUCO North America, including the operations of Canada, the United States and Mexico. He has been with ARAUCO since 2005, having worked in the financial, logistics and commercial areas of the company in Argentina and subsequently as Manager of Arauco Brazil. He has a degree in business economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University, Argentina and has an MBA from the Erasmus Universiteit, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Pablo is an International Vice President with the Arauco corporate governance team.


Domingo Amunátegui serves as Vice President of Supply Chain and oversees the planning and logistics teams. His responsibilities in North America include demand planning, production planning, transportation and distribution for ARAUCO products manufactured through both domestic and South American operations. Domingo started with ARAUCO in Chile in 2008 and later moved to Atlanta in 2012. Throughout his time with the company, he has held multiple roles in commercial, planning and logistics. Domingo holds an industrial engineering degree and master’s degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


Steve Carroll is Vice President of Operations for ARAUCO North America. His diverse background includes management at multiple sites and multiple levels across several companies. He has thirty five years of experience in the panel industry (PB, MDF and OSB) with international management experience in Europe. Steve leads the particleboard, TFL, treating, and engineering groups in North America, and represents ARAUCO in the Composite Panel Association as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.


Russ Jordan serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ARAUCO North America, leading the sales, distribution and marketing efforts in the U.S. and Canada. The North American business unit serves a broad and diverse customer base through industry leading products and services within the composite panel, moulding and millwork, plywood and lumber sectors. Russ joined ARAUCO in 2006 and has been instrumental in the company's emergence as a premier supplier of wood panels in North America.


Matt Swinnie is Vice President of Human Resource and EHS&S. In this role, he oversees all operations and initiatives in human resources, safety, environmental, talent acquisition and payroll for the US and Canada, and serves as the human capital expert with all of ARAUCO North America's business units. He began his career with ARAUCO in 2011 and has held various roles in accounting, finance, and operations. He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is a licensed CPA.


José Bezanilla is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for ARAUCO North America, leading the finance, procurement, business intelligence and legal teams. José began his ARAUCO career in 2002. He has held positions across the company. He previously worked as a Product Manager, Panels Commercial Manager, Administration and Finance Manager Director, Management and Strategic Planning Manager Director and Chief Purchasing Officer. Jose holds a degree in business engineering and an MBA from Universidad Católica de Chile.


Mike Luepkes is Vice President of Operations for ARAUCO North America. Mike oversees the MDF/HDF manufacturing and technical support groups and leads continuous improvement initiatives for ARAUCO operations. He has been in the wood panel industry for over thirty-five years and has worked for a variety of companies in that time. Mike moved from Montana, in the United States, to Ontario, Canada, in 1995 to assist with the inception of ARAUCO’s Sault Ste. Marie mill and has now worked from the Sault Ste. Marie support office since 2010. Mike’s years of experience and expertise have played an integral role in the continued success of mill operations for ARAUCO.