CBH chief to step down

Great Southern Herald - - News - Jenne Bram­mer

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.

Pic­ture: Michael O’Brien

CBH chair­man Wally New­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Crane.

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