Seneca Family of Companies Announces Senior Leadership Change

December 5, 2013

Seneca General Manager Todd Payne

The Seneca Family of Companies (Seneca) announced today that Todd Payne would be assuming the role of General Manager, effective immediately.  Payne has been with Seneca for 23 years, most recently as Vice President and Manager of Timberlands.  As General Manager, he will oversee all daily operations of the business, including the mills, timberlands, co-generation facility, and all employee relations.

Rick Re, who had served as General Manager since 1989, and has been with Seneca since 1973, will remain as CEO and continue as head of the Seneca Board in an advisory capacity.

“We are thrilled to have Todd Payne take over in Rick’s place,” wrote Seneca owners Becky, Kathy and Jody Jones in a letter recently sent to all Seneca employees.  “We have every confidence in Todd’s ability in this role of leadership. He has always proven to the three of us his loyalties to Seneca, with the highest and best standards of conduct and consideration always put forward.  He handles every task given him with a stellar intelligence, confidence and team work.”

Payne began his career with Seneca in 1990 as a forester.  He was named Vice President of Timberlands in 1998, overseeing the management of Seneca’s 165,000 acre sustainably managed tree farm.  Since then he has taken on manufacturing-related responsibilities for Seneca’s four sawmills.  In 2008, Payne added to his responsibilities the role of Project Manager for Seneca Sustainable Energy’s 19.8 megawatt cogeneration project, which reached commercial operation in April 2011.  In 2012 he took on oversight of Seneca’s IT Department.

“I am very excited to take on this new challenge and to continue the great success that Aaron, Becky, Jody and Kathy have achieved here at Seneca under the leadership of Rick Re and our exceptional employees,” Payne said.  “We share a common vision and propensity for excellence that will keep us on the forefront of technological innovation, quality and sustainable management of our forest resources all under what we have come to know as ‘Seneca’.”

Payne has a degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and maintains numerous professional affiliations, including service to the Oregon Forest Industries Council, Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative, and the Bethel Student Health Center Advisory Board.