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Sheep CRC adds new directors with agribusiness experience

Sheep Central, November 30, 2015
New Sheep CRC director Mike van Blommestein

New Sheep CRC director Mike van Blommestein

SHEEP and wool research body, the Sheep CRC, has added two experienced agribusiness leaders to its board.

Former Zoetis vice president Mike van Blommestein and former Ridley Corp chief financial officer Ian Wilton were endorsed for board positions at the Sheep CRC’s recent annual general meeting.

The Sheep CRC said from his background with Zoetis, Pfizer Animal Health, Bayer and SmithKline, Mr van Blommestein brought a knowledge of livestock pharmaceuticals and vaccine biologicals, animal genetics and diagnostics, strategic marketing, and industry stewardship, as well as valuable international research connections.

New Sheep CRC director Ian Wilton

New Sheep CRC director Ian Wilton

Mr Wilton brought experience as a director and CFO from a long career at firms including Elders, Graincorp, Ridley, and ConAgra. His expertise encompasses corporate acquisitions and financial management, having developed and implemented business strategies and successfully managed joint ventures, the Sheep CRC said.

Sheep CRC board chairman Duncan Fraser welcomed the pair’s appointment, saying their vast experience in corporate Australia and livestock industry organisations would be invaluable.

“I’m really delighted that Michael and Ian have accepted the positions – having access to their extensive experience and the calibre of their business acumen can only benefit our organisation as we focus on delivering innovative and practical new technologies that boost the productivity of the Australian sheep industry,” he said.

The new board members replace long-serving directors Kate Joseph, a Victorian lamb producer and former president of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, and Phillip Rose, a chartered accountant with more than 35 years’ experience in a large rural practice.

“Kate and Phil have provided outstanding service and exceptional advice in their time on the board, for which the industry will be indebted to them for a long time to come,” Mr Fraser said.

The Sheep CRC is administered by an independently selected skills-based board, with a nominations committee responsible for identifying suitable board candidates.

“The Sheep CRC’s governance framework has been set up to ensure transparent accountability to all stakeholders, and this is reflected in the fact that we have such high-calibre representatives on our board,” Mr Fraser said.

Source: Sheep CRC

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