CBH boss tours re­gions

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The man selected to lead CBH will con­clude his first fort­night as sole chief ex­ec­u­tive by jet­ting to Asia to meet some of his com­pany’s key cus­tomers.

For­mer BHP iron ore boss Jimmy Wil­son took over the reins at CBH on Oc­to­ber 1 af­ter spend­ing seven weeks as co-elect with pre­de­ces­sor Andy Crane.

While Mr Wil­son has not been avail­able for in­ter­view, CBH told the Coun­try­man that Mr Wil­son would fly to Asia “in com­ing days”.

The com­pany said he had spent his first 12 days alone at the helm meet­ing with “com­pany em­ploy­ees, grow­ers, grower groups and in­dus­try bod­ies” and would con­tinue to en­gage with Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional stake­hold­ers.

Af­ter start­ing work as co-elect on Au­gust 14, Mr Wil­son spent two weeks vis­it­ing 13 coun­try towns for the com­pany’s an­nual chair­man and grower meet­ings.

While on the road he met with more than 200 grow­ers, which CBH said would help him un­der­stand their per­spec­tives and learn about the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions.

Mr Wil­son also at­tended his first CBH board meet­ing as chief ex­ec­u­tive last week.

His ap­point­ment at CBH is a marked change of scenery for Mr Wil­son, who most re­cently headed BHP’s iron ore di­vi­sion.

He lost that po­si­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2016 in a man­age­ment reshuf­fle.

Dr Crane will con­tinue to work at CBH un­til Novem­ber 30, when he will close cur­tains on his 17-year ca­reer at CBH and of­fi­cially launch a board ca­reer.

Af­ter an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion in March, Dr Crane re­vealed he also planned to study an in­ter­na­tional di­rec­tors pro­gram in France and Sin­ga­pore.

Pic­tures: Todd Cardy

CBH's new chief ex­ec­u­tive Jimmy Wil­son chats with grow­ers at the re­cent Dow­erin field days.

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