Agris Melnis has joined Forest2Market as Regional Sales Manager for European markets, including the Nordics, the Baltic States and Russia. In his new role, Melnis will act as a supply chain expert and advisor to existing and prospective customers in the region and advise forest products industry participants on the use and integration of Forest2Market products and services into their business decisions. He will also represent Forest2Market at industry meetings throughout the region.
Melnis will work from an office in Riga, Latvia, serving Forest2Market’s customers throughout the European forest industry supply chain. He can be reached at +371 2614 7371, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agris has more than 20 years of experience in all phases of the wood fiber supply chain, from forest operations and procurement to certification and export logistics. He most recently served as Wood Products Market Lead for R Grupa, Ltd. in Latvia, where he was responsible for managing wood chip production and sales initiatives as well as project management and new project development.
From 2014-2016, Melnis served as Deputy Head of Exports for the same company, where he oversaw timber sales, purchases and logistics management. Before his positions with R Grupa, Ltd., Melnis worked in a variety of related forest products and management roles over the last 20 years.
“Agris has deep industry experience in the Baltic and European markets,” said Peter Coutu, Vice President of Sales at Forest2Market. “Forest2Market’s goal is to provide transaction-based data and analytics to those in the global forest products supply chain so they can make confident business decisions and measure the results of those decisions. With his knowledge and background in both supplier and procurement operations, Agris knows the entire forest supply chain from one end to the other. He is a great fit for Forest2Market in this regard because he brings strong communications skills and a broad knowledge of the regional European forestry community to his work, and we are pleased to welcome him to our team.”
Melnis graduated as a Forest Engineer in 1998 from the Agriculture University of Latvia, and he received an M.A. in Business Economics from the University of Latvia in 2017.