Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2016
Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) announced that Michael G. Wooldridge, a partner with the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based law firm Varnum LLP, was appointed to its Board of Directors, effective January 28, 2016.
Wooldridge joined Varnum, LLP in 1985, and today is a partner in the firm’s corporate practice team, focusing on corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises publicly traded companies on compliance matters, corporate structure, disclosure requirements and other issues, and has managed and led a variety of public equity and debt offerings for financial services and manufacturing companies.
“For years, Mike has provided us with invaluable legal and strategic counsel that has contributed to our success,” said UFPI Chairman William G. Currie. “Having him on our board enhances his ability to influence the direction and success of the companies of Universal. We are fortunate and pleased to add Mike to our board, and we know that the company will be well-served by Mike and the experience and knowledge he brings.” He added further.
Wooldridge is serving until the April 20, 2016, UFPI shareholder meeting, at which time shareholders will be asked to approve his appointment to a one-year term expiring in April 2017. He holds the eleventh seat on the board, which represents an expansion of one seat, also approved at the board’s January 28, 2016, meeting.
A graduate of Alma College and Cornell University Law School, Wooldridge has earned numerous awards and recognitions, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005. His current community engagements include serving on the board of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, as well as on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.