Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough

Alliance Chief Executive is homeward bound

- Diane Bishop

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor is leaving the co-operative and returning home to Australia in 2023.

However, he’s confident he’s leaving the business in a much stronger financial position.

Chairman Murray Taggart said he regretfull­y accepted Surveyor’s resignatio­n last week after eight years in the role, but understood his desire to pursue other opportunit­ies.

‘‘David has demonstrat­ed strong leadership and personal dedication for the benefit of our farmer-shareholde­rs and the Alliance team.

‘‘I sincerely thank David for his tremendous contributi­on throughout his tenure,’’ Taggart said.

Surveyor joined the Alliance Group in 2015 which was a challengin­g period for the company and the industry.

He set out a transforma­tion strategy to build a stronger co-operative focused on maximising operationa­l efficiency and capturing more market value.

Alliance Group has now returned to a position of strength with increasing revenue and profitabil­ity, a strong balance sheet and a record safety performanc­e.

There had also been an increase in shareholde­r numbers and growth in the cooperativ­e’s brands and premium products.

‘‘David leaves Alliance Group well positioned for the future, and we wish him all the very best as he seeks out new challenges in his profession­al life.’’

Surveyor said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time with the company and was sad to be leaving Alliance Group.

‘‘But I know that the time is right for me and my family.

‘‘I feel positive knowing I leave with the co-operative in a much stronger position.

Surveyor said he was proud of the way the team has worked together to deliver its strategy and he thanked the Board for the support over the past eight years.

‘‘What is important now is the future and getting results for New Zealand farmers.

‘‘Alliance has an exciting future as it continues its transforma­tion with the next generation of leadership.’’

Surveyor was also a director of The Lamb Company (North America) and a member of the Meat Industry Associatio­n.

He will leave the company by the end of April 2023.

The Board will now commence an executive search for Surveyor’s replacemen­t.

 ?? PHOTO: DIANE BISHOP. ?? Alliance chief executive David Surveyor, left, is returning home to Australia in 2023. He is pictured with Alliance chairman Murray Taggart at a recent roadshow in Balclutha.
PHOTO: DIANE BISHOP. Alliance chief executive David Surveyor, left, is returning home to Australia in 2023. He is pictured with Alliance chairman Murray Taggart at a recent roadshow in Balclutha.

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