Loss is a gain for Elders

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

MEAT and Live­stock Aus­tralia boss Richard Nor­ton has quit his post.

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor will leave MLA on De­cem­ber 7 to take up a role as gen­eral man­ager net­work with El­ders.

Mr Nor­ton de­parts MLA af­ter four and half years with the red meat in­dus­try’s ser­vice com­pany.

Mr Nor­ton spent his early ca­reer with El­ders as a live­stock agent.

Act­ing MLA chair Alan Beck­ett said the MLA board was enor­mously grate­ful to Mr Nor­ton for the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion he had made as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, not just to MLA, but to the en­tire Aus­tralian red meat and live­stock in­dus­try.

While the MLA board was dis­ap­pointed to see Mr Nor­ton depart, it recog­nised the new ca­reer op­por­tu­nity he had been of­fered with El­ders, Mr Beck­ett said.

“The board and I thank Richard for the strong lead­er­ship that he has pro­vided for MLA and the in­dus­try and ap­plaud him for the im­prove­ment he’s made to the MLA busi­ness dur­ing his ten­ure,” Mr Beck­ett said.

“Since his ap­point­ment in June 2014, Richard has led ma­jor change, de­liv­er­ing greater trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity to MLA op­er­a­tions and a fo­cus on com­mer­cial out­comes for MLA levy pay­ers.

“In all he has done, Richard has cham­pi­oned both the ‘con­sumer as king’ and the long-term pros­per­ity of MLA’s levy pay­ers.

“He pur­sued the im­ple­men­ta­tion of MLA’s re­gional con­sul­ta­tion model so more pro­duc­ers now have a say on MLA’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment in­vest­ment and drove ma­jor im­prove­ments to MLA’s mar­ket in­for­ma­tion ser­vices.

“Richard pro­vided in­dus­try lead­er­ship in spear­head­ing the adop­tion of DEXA ob­jec­tive car­case mea­sure­ment tech­nol­ogy across the pro­cess­ing sec­tor, and propos­ing a car­bon neu­tral tar­get for in­dus­try by 2030 to cap­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties in our high value mar­kets and to head off in­dus­try crit­ics.”

Mr Nor­ton said the de­ci­sion to leave MLA was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

“The Aus­tralian red meat in­dus­try should be very proud of what it has achieved and very proud of the team of glob­ally com­pe­tent staff within its ser­vice com­pany MLA,” Mr Nor­ton said.

“I have a life­long pas­sion for Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor and it has been a priv­i­lege to work with this ded­i­cated team at MLA to in­crease mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties in the more than 100 mar­kets our in­dus­try sup­plies and to drive un­prece­dented in­vest­ment in re­search and de­vel­op­ment that is fos­ter­ing long-term pros­per­ity right across the in­dus­try. Mr Nor­ton said he was ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to join El­ders and con­trib­ute to their con­tin­ued growth as a lead­ing Aus­tralian agribusi­ness.

PHOTO: KYM SMITH

CA­REER SHIFT: MLA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Nor­ton has taken a new job with El­ders.

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