Forest and building products producer Roseburg appointed Stuart Gray to the newly created role of chief operating officer. According to the company, Roseburg’s growth in a complex and fast-paced business environment drove the executive team to create the new role to leverage Gray’s skillset and experience.

“As we continue to expand Roseburg’s business, our business context and related challenges are also increasing, Roseburg president and CEO Grady Mulbery said in a prepared statement. “Adding a COO to our leadership structure is a very effective way to help continue our success. Stuart’s leadership and growth with our strategic business development initiatives demonstrate that he’s the right fit for this role.”

According to the company, the executive team will remain intact and move forward with their current roles and responsibilities after the COO appointment. In the COO role, Gray will assume oversight for operations, sales, and HR/EHS. The three current senior vice presidents in those areas will fall within the scope of the COO, according to Roseburg.

Gray joined Roseburg in 2017 as senior vice president and general counsel, overseeing the company’s strategic business development, compliance, and environmental teams. Previously, he spent 12 years in roles of progressive responsibility with The Home Depot’s legal department and two more as vice president and deputy general counsel at Sears Holding Company.

Springfield, Ore.-based Roseburg Forest Products produces particleboard, medium density fiberboard, and thermally fused laminates. The company also manufactures softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL, and I-joists. Roseburg owns and sustainably manages more than 600,000 acres of timberland in Oregon, North Carolina, and Virginia, as well as an export wood chip terminal facility in Coos Bay, Ore.