Sheep Producers Australia CEO switches to AUS-MEAT
SHEEP Producers Australia is on the hunt for a new CEO after its current CEO Stephen Crisp has been appointed to the top post of red meat industry regulator AUS-MEAT.
Ausmeat has appointed Mr. Crisp as the organization’s new CEO, replacing longtime COO Ian King.
Sheep Producers Australia President Chris Mirams said SPA was obviously very sad to see Mr Crisp leave.
“However, we certainly take it a big compliment that our CEO has been invited to lead an organization with the scale and complexity of AUS-MEAT.
The SPA said that Mr Crisp has made a significant contribution to the success and growth of Sheep Producers Australia since he was initially appointed Head of Animal Health and Welfare Policy in July 2017. He has been appointed CEO in December 2019.
Mr Crisp said he hoped his true passion for the sheep industry was evident in his roles at Sheep Producers Australia over the past four years. He thanked the Board of Directors and the staff for making this a pleasant and rewarding time.
“In particular, I thank the Board of Directors for their unwavering support for me and for my growth as CEO.
“I am moving to a very different type of organization, but one that plays a vital role in the growth and value of red meat and agriculture in general,” Crisp said.
“As with my time at Sheep Producers Australia, I look forward to new challenges and relationships.”
Mr. Mirams said that Mr. Crisp leaves SPA well placed with a bright future and in a strong position to further develop and strengthen the industry.
Sheep Producers Australia said they have hired a recruiting company and are starting a recruiting process to ensure a smooth leadership transition in the coming months.
AUS-MEAT President Allan Bloxsom said Mr Crisp’s appointment concluded a comprehensive search in which, with the help of outside consultants, more than 100 candidates were assessed. Stephen was the best of the many excellent candidates who were considered, ”said in a statement.
Prior to his current tenure in the sheepmeat industry representative body SPA, Mr. Crisp held various leadership positions in the agro-industry and the food supply chain.
“We have known Stephen for some time through his participation as the SPA representative on the Australian Meat Industry Language and Standards Committee, where he was a strong advocate for change,” said Mr. Bloxsom.
“He brings both new energy and a new perspective to AUS-MEAT. He impressed us with his alignment with our strategic vision and his understanding of the detailed fundamentals of our industry. He understands how important the integrity of AUS-MEAT is to the food industry and its stakeholders.
Current COVID restrictions have slowed his move to AUS-MEAT’s headquarters in Brisbane from his farm near Canberra.
Earlier this year, current AUS-MEAT CEO Ian King announced that he plans to retire from the company in 2021.
Mr. King has led AUS-MEAT’s operations almost since the organization’s inception, having left New Zealand’s meat processing industry to become its second managing director in 1992.
AUS-MEAT Chairman Allan Bloxsom said Mr King’s retirement would mark the end of an era – not only for AUS-MEAT, but for Australian food industries in general, particularly the food industry. Red meat.
“Since joining AusMeat almost 30 years ago, Mr. King’s leadership, clarity of mind and dedication have been admired by everyone he has worked with in Australia and around the world. We are very grateful for what he has done, ”Mr. Bloxsom said.
“His ability to maintain good relations with industry and government, and his vigilant protection of the AUS-MEAT mission has resulted in a worldwide admiration for the AUS-MEAT organization and language, and an era of unparalleled trust. in the integrity of the processes that deliver food from the farm to the consumer, ”he said.