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Wellard Management Restructure

15 June 2015

 

Wellard has restructured its management team following the resignation of Wellard Rural Exports Chief Executive Officer Fred Troncone.

After four years in the role, Mr Troncone will be taking a break to spend some time with his family before moving onto some consulting work, including providing some ongoing advice to Wellard on a variety of projects.

“I am proud of what the Wellard team has achieved in the past four years and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead a group of people who are so passionate and professional about their work. Our team’s uncompromising focus on animal welfare has set new standards that enhance the strength and reputation of our company and our industry,” Mr Troncone said.

“Wellard is in great shape to keep providing Australian producers with access to existing and emerging international markets for quality Australian livestock and meat.”

Wellard’s CEO Mauro Balzarini will take over some of the roles left vacant by Mr Troncone’s departure with Feeds, Meat and Europe & America’s divisions now reporting directly to him.

“The systems and processes that Fred established helped the company through a period of growth and those benefits will last for the long term,” Mr Balzarini said. “The Trading division is Wellard’s largest subsidiary and Fred has taken this division and professionally driven it to the next level and I thank him for his substantial contribution.”

As part of the restructure, Wellard’s Asia Business Development Manager Scot Braithwaite will assume an even greater role within the Company as Chief Operating Officer.

Responsibility for Middle East trading is passed on to Domenico Bazzoni, who will manage it in conjunction with Europe and Americas from the company’s Italian branch office.

The Breeding and Dairy Export division, headed by Colin Webb, will relocate to Melbourne to be closer to the traditional supply areas Wellard has been sourcing cattle from to meet demand for dairy and beef breeding cattle.

Compliance and export licence duties as well as industry representation will be assigned to Brad Gosling, who has already worked closely with Mr Troncone, and David Jarvie a 25 years veteran in Wellard.

“Thanks also to Fred’s work, Wellard is now ready to keep on progressing with some more interesting initiatives coming online soon and it is fortunate to possess a dedicated team who are working hard to drive market global opportunities and the supply of clean, healthy livestock and meat for international consumers,” Mr Balzarini said.

 

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse

Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888

Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871

Website: www.wellard.com.au

 

Background – Wellard

Wellard is a world leader in the production and distribution of livestock and grain.

Its two largest subsidiaries are Wellard Rural Exports, Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner, and Wellard Agri, a large mixed farming land owner and operator specialising in the production of grains, legumes and livestock.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 35 years, and its investment in the live export industry is without peer.  Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, the company’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.

The company’s flagship carrier, the MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), is a purpose-built livestock carrier capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.  She was commissioned in 2002.

Three technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman, MV Ocean Outback ( launched in 2010) and Ocean Ute (purchased in 2014) offer unparalleled levels of safety for the livestock, crew and vessel, and can transport 7000 cattle, 25,000 sheep each, or a combination of both.

Wellard’s abattoir, Beaufort River Meats, processes up to 2500 sheep and lambs a day, enabling Wellard to meet customer demand for both livestock and chilled and frozen meat.

Wellard Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 35,700 hectares across three principal agri-hubs. The two northern hubs are located at Dongara and Watheroo in Western Australia’s central midlands and one is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of WA.

The Dongara hub is home to The Grange, a 14,500 hectare property which is considered one of Western Australia’s blue chip farming properties.

The remaining landholding being more than 21,500 hectares, in total planting 23,500 hectares to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 6,100ha is devoted to sheep and cattle production, including the Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 13,500ha for livestock and grain production.

 

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