CBH chief to step down
CBH Group’s chief executive Andy Crane is to step down from his role after 17 years with the grain receiver, handler and marketer and eight years in the top role.
CBH announced on Friday that its board would work with Dr Crane to find an appropriate successor.
CBH chairman Wally Newman said the co-operative was embarking on a detailed internal and external global search for the next chief executive of the group.
Dr Crane said the board would continue to have his full commitment as they worked together in the coming year to deliver a smooth transition to the new chief executive of CBH and ensure the ongoing focus of creating and returning value to both current and future generations of WA grain growers.
Dr Crane joined the Grain Pool of WA in 2001 and became well known to the grain growers of WA and their customers across Asia and the Middle East, first marketing the barley crop and then all grains following the deregulation of single desk marketing.
Mr Newman said Dr Crane’s key successes included working through the deregulation of the grain export indus try, investment in rail and downstream processing, the introduction of Quality Optimisation, Harvest Mass Management, Grain Express, the introduction of rebates, the launch of a transformational network strategy and the very confident reconfirmation of the co-operative business model as an efficient and effective custodian of growers’ export infrastructure.
CBH now turns over $4 billion annually, making it the largest co-operative and second-largest private business in Australia.
CBH chairman Wally Newman and chief executive Andy Crane.