9th June 2021 By Staff Reporter | firstname.lastname@example.org | @foodtickernz
New Zealand Apples & Pears Inc’s chief executive of nine years, Alan Pollard, is to step down from the role later this year.
During Pollard’s tenure the industry has seen its annual export earnings almost treble from around $340m in March 2012, when he first assumed the position, to reach $920m last year.
NZAPI said exports were on track to hit the target of $1bn by 2022 that Pollard set in 2013.
NZAPI chair Richard Punter said that Pollard made the decision to depart the association as it was going through the process of defining what business might look like post-Covid.
“Alan feels that this is the right time for a new leader to bring their own skills, experience and style to the organisation”, Punter said.
“We are deeply appreciative of the contribution that Alan has made to the successful growth of the industry and the grower organisation”.
The NZAPI board will commence the process of recruiting Pollard’s successor shortly, Punter added.
Pollard said that during the transition period he will be “ensuring a smooth handover to my successor as well as continuing to progress some key projects, including pursuing an agreement with government regarding the bringing in and repatriation of RSE workers”.
“Beyond that, I look forward to identifying and pursuing my next opportunity,” he said.
“I am immensely proud of the work that the NZAPI team has done, especially over the past 15 months to support the industry in unprecedented times.
“NZAPI is acknowledged as a high-performing and influential industry organisation, and I have enjoyed every bit of what has been (collectively) achieved.”
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