Former BHP iron ore boss Jimmy Wilson has been announced as the new chief executive of grain handler CBH Group, succeeding Andrew Crane who will step down in late 2017 after more than eight years in the role.
CBH Group chairman Wally Newman said Wilson’s experience was what the Board was looking for in a new chief executive for the co-operative, a leader with core strengths in developing, operating and innovating international supply chains.
“The Board was seeking a candidate that would drive and shape the next phase of development for our growers’ supply chain, ensuring the organisation is fit to match the fiercely competitive environment of international grain trading and foster the culture required to support this,” Newman said.
“With the co-operative’s current major focus on delivering our $750 million Network Strategy, Jimmy’s proven strengths in extracting efficiencies from integrated operations, driving excellence in capital management, and using innovation and technology to escalate changes in productivity, make him a natural fit for the organisation.”
Newman said the grain operator’s board had had the opportunity to meet Wilson a number of times before making the appointment and felt his professional track record, down to earth nature and straight-forward, hands-on approach would resonate strongly with our grower members.
“Driving value for growers is at the centre of everything CBH does, and over the past decade grower loyalty and satisfaction levels have reached record highs, while the business has achieved solid balance sheet and revenue growth,” Newman said.
“It was important to the Board that the new CEO had the skills and experience to build on these achievements and also had a strong desire to work with the members in achieving what they need from their grain supply chain.”
Wilson said the opportunity with CBH presented an exciting challenge for him.
“I have worked across many different countries, commodities and markets over my career and the shift into grain, while outside the traditional mining and resources sector, has many operational and trading synergies with the industries I have enjoyed working in,” he said.
“Jobs of this calibre and complexity are rare, even more so in Perth, and I feel very privileged to undertake this appointment, and begin an exciting future path with CBH and the growers of Western Australia.”
Wilson will start with CBH on August 14, as chief executive officer-elect. He will formally take over the CEO role at the start of CBH’s financial year on October 1, 2017.
Over the next two weeks, Wilson will travel to grain growing regions across Western Australia to attend grower meetings where he will have the opportunity to meet and hear from CBH members, the company said.