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