THE GRAINS Research and Development Corporation has appointed a new managing director with over 25 years of experience in the grains industry to replace outgoing boss Anthony Williams after a lengthy recruitment process.
The GRDC has welcomed Nigel Hart, who has extensive experience in the grain accumulation industry and logistics companies such as GrainCorp and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), to replace Mr Williams who suddenly resigned in May from Last year.
Mr. Hart will officially take office on April 4, succeeding acting MD Cathie Warburton.
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GRDC Chairman John Woods said Mr Hart’s appointment was the result of extensive research which began in June last year after Mr Williams left.
“We are delighted to have Nigel join GRDC as a high caliber leader with over 25 years of experience,” Mr. Woods said.
He said Mr. Hart was a good fit with the GRDC’s vision for the future.
“Strategically, GRDC is well placed to continue to deliver effective and efficient research, development and extension (RD&E), and Nigel’s experience and understanding of the cereals sector, both in Australia and overseas, will add significant value.
“The GRDC Board is confident that Nigel’s strategic business and management skills and extensive agriculture sector networks will ensure a smooth transition of leadership that will support the continued delivery of impactful RD&E results for grain producers. Australians.
Mr Woods thanked Ms Warburton for her time in the top job during the executive search campaign.
Ms Warburton will now return to her role as the GRDC’s Chief People, Communications and Governance Officer.
Mr. Hart said he was looking to start.
“In Australia and internationally, the GRDC is recognized for spearheading cutting-edge research, development and extension in the cereals sector and I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so. party,” Hart said.
“I have had a long involvement in the Australian grain sector – on many levels, from on-farm experiences to working as a global director for an international agribusiness organization with destination markets in Asia, Europe, South America South and United States.
“I hope my experience and understanding of the grain sector will add value to the GRDC and together with the GRDC staff we will continue to drive innovation and best practice in the Australian grain sector.”
Grain producer groups welcomed the news, saying they looked forward to resolving key issues with a new leader.
Andrew Weidemann, spokesman for Grain Producers Australia RD and E, said his organization was delighted to work closely with Mr Hart and ensure there was good value for producer levy payments cereals which make up a large part of the GRDC’s budget.
“GPA has engaged constructively with the GRDC board and management on the process of this appointment, following the unexpected departure of the previous chief executive after six months,” Mr. Weidemann said.
“We now look forward to meeting with Mr. Hart once he takes up this important leadership position in early April to discuss our immediate priorities for producers and set a clear direction for the future.
“In particular, we must be confident that his skills and experience will be applied to the role, to ensure that the company’s operating culture has a consistent business focus on delivering greater value and better returns to grain producers who pay royalties, through our R&D investments, to increase our productivity, profitability and sustainability.”
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