Dec. 22, 2011
/PRNewswire/ -- Blount International, Inc. (NYSE: BLT) ("Blount" or the "Company') announced today that
Chad E. Paulson
has been elected as the Company's Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary effective
, 2012. Mr. Paulson replaces
Richard H. Irving III
who had previously announced his plans to retire from the Company effective
Mr. Paulson joined Blount International in 2006 as Corporate Counsel. Prior to his employment at Blount he was Senior Counsel at PacifiCorp and an Associate at Miller Nash LLP. Mr. Paulson holds a JD from the
University of Oregon
School of Law and a B.S. in Political Science from
Oregon State University
Commenting on the appointment, Blount Chairman and CEO
stated, "We are fortunate to have someone of Chad's caliber internally to promote into this critical position. In his five years with Blount, Chad has demonstrated the ability to provide quality legal counsel to management as we pursued our growth plans. I would also like to thank
for his many contributions to Blount over the past seventeen years, including the mentorship he provided Chad to ensure a successful transition of the Company's General Counsel."
Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for the forestry, lawn and garden; farm, ranch and agriculture; and construction markets, and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chainsaws. Blount sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information about Blount, please visit our website at
SOURCE Blount International, Inc.