Executive Bios

Meet the executives who work alongside LP employees to help make LP’s vision a reality.

Brad Southern

Chief Executive Officer

Brad Southern joined LP in 1999. He led LP’s siding business from 2005 to 2015 before taking the lead for OSB operations, a position he held until he was named chief operating officer in 2016. On July 1, 2017 Brad Southern became the fifth chief executive officer in the company’s history.  In that position, he is responsible for all aspects of LP’s business and operations, including governance. Mr. Southern began his career with MacMillan Bloedel as a forester, where he held a variety of jobs in forestry, strategic planning, finance, accounting and plant management. He has a B.S. and a master’s degree in Forest Resources, both from the University of Georgia.

Sallie B. Bailey

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sallie Bailey is responsible for financial functions with LP, including accounting, financial reporting, treasury and internal audit. Prior to joining LP in December 2011, she served as vice president and chief financial officer of Ferro Corporation from 2007 through 2010 and senior vice president, finance and controller of Timken Company previous to that.

She is also a director of General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that designs, manufactures, markets and distributes copper, aluminum, and fiber optic wire and cable products and systems. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BA in economics and German from Wellesley College and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago.

Neil Sherman

Executive Vice President, Siding

Neil Sherman joined LP in 1994. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of engineered wood products. He previously was the project manager of LP’s successful ERP implementation and has held vice president of procurement, logistics and supply management and the director of business development and corporate real estate positions for LP. Sherman holds a B.S. in Waste and Waste Water Management from Humboldt State University.

Jason Ringblom

Executive Vice President, OSB

Jason Ringblom has been with LP since 2004, and assumed his role as head of OSB in January 2017. In his time with LP he has held a variety of positions, including vice president of OSB sales and marketing, regional sales manager for the eastern division of the United States, general sales manager for the southeast region, and OSB sales manager. He holds a B.S. in Forest Products Marketing & Business Management from the University of Minnesota.

Mike Sims

Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Strategy

Mike Sims has worked in building products in various sales and marketing capacities since 1984. In his current role, he is responsible for LP’s retail sales, corporate marketing, EWP and Growth and Innovation efforts. Previously, he was vice president OSB sales and marketing for LP. Prior to joining LP, he served as area sales manager for Abitibi-Price Corporation as well as the director of marketing and vice president of sales for ABTCO Building Products. Mr. Sims holds a B.A. from Western State Colorado University.

Mike Blosser

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Services

Mike Blosser joined LP in 1999 when LP acquired ABTCO, where he had worked for 15 years. He served as manufacturing manager for LP’s siding business before becoming Vice President in June 2007 with responsibility for the corporate safety and environmental efforts, as well as the forest resources division, procurement and logistics. He was appointed to his current position in July 2017. He holds an M.B.A. from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Craig Sichling

Vice President, Specialty Sales & Marketing

Craig Sichling joined LP in 2001. He has held a variety of positions within LP from general sales manager of the northeast region, to national sales manager and most recently vice president of field sales for the U.S., Canadian and European field sales teams.  He assumed his role as vice president of specialty sales and siding marketing in January 2017.  Prior to joining LP, Mr. Sichling was vice president of sales and marketing for Focal Point. He has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Oneonta and is a graduate of the Scarlett Leadership Institute.

Mark Fuchs

Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mark Fuchs joined LP in 2001, coming from Bullivant Houser Bailey, a West Coast regional law firm where he represented directors and officers, corporate boards, insurance companies and product manufacturers in various litigation matters. When he first joined LP, Mr. Fuchs managed the corporation’s litigation caseload and was named General Counsel effective January 1, 2003. He was named vice president in February 2007. Mr. Fuchs participates in a number of building products industry organizations as well as legal groups. Mr. Fuchs holds a B.S. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College, an M.B.A. from Portland State University, and a J.D. from Willamette University.

Tim Hartnett

Vice President, Human Resources

Tim Hartnett joined LP in 1993 and has held a variety of human resources positions over his career with the company, most recently as director of HR operations. He is responsible for all human resources functions and will continue LP’s focus on achieving its vision of being an employer of choice. Mr. Hartnett holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee.

Don Walker

Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Don Walker is responsible for all aspects of information technology and computer systems within the LP information technology department. He joined LP in 1998 and has held a variety of positions within information technology, including IT director. In his role as CIO, he ensures information technology meets the needs of all LP’s various business units. Mr. Walker holds a B.S. in Information Technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Scarlett Executive Program, Scarlett Leadership Institute and Mahler School of Executive Leadership.

Ben Skoog

Vice President, Growth and Innovation

Ben Skoog joined LP in 2003, working primarily in the siding business. He has held a variety of positions with LP, including serving as associate brand manager, brand manager and business marketing manager. Most recently he was Director of Business Marketing in Siding. Mr. Skoog began working in the forest products industry in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. He has also pursued MBA studies at Villanova University and Grand Valley State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Scarlett Leadership Institute, Center for Creative Leadership, Mahler School of Executive Leadership, Kellogg School of Management and Blanchard Companies.

Greg Harrison

Vice President, Siding Manufacturing

Mr. Harrison joined LP in 2000 as general manager of the company’s plywood business. He has served a variety of roles with the company in the plywood, engineered wood products and siding businesses, most recently as director of siding operations in 2012 until being named to his current position in 2016. He oversees operations at LP’s siding facilities in the U.S. and Canada. He started working in the wood products industry in 1977. Prior to joining LP, Harrison worked in a variety of jobs for Willamette Industries, Georgia-Pacific and Boise Cascade. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from McNeese State University.

Jamey Barnes

VICE PRESIDENT, OSB Manufacturing

Mr. Barnes joined LP in 2006 as Eastern Region OSB manager and served as director of OSB operations from 2008 until being named to his current position in 2014. Mr. Barnes oversees operations for LP’s OSB facilities in North America. He started working in the wood products business in 1973. Prior to joining LP, he held management positions at International Paper and Georgia-Pacific. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Arkansas.