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Chief Executive Officer

Mark was appointed as PGG Wrightson Limited’s Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Previously he was Chief Executive of Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited from 2006 to 2013, responsible for implementing a new strategic plan focused on innovation from investment in research and technology, and providing integrated solutions for customers in New Zealand and internationally. Prior to that, Mark was Regional Managing Director of Fonterra Ingredients Asia following an extensive sales and marketing career in the New Zealand dairy industry. Mark also has ownership interests in dairy farms in both New Zealand and Australia and is a director of Waikato based, The Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company Limited. 




General Manager Wool

Cedric is responsible for all aspects of the Wool business including procurement, logistics, sales and wool export. He was appointed as General Manager PGG Wrightson Wool in August 2011. Previously, he was the National Manager of Elders Primary Wool Limited and for nine years was General Manager Wool at Williams and Kettle Limited, which amalgamated with Wrightson Limited just prior to the merger between Pyne Gould Guinness Limited and Wrightson Limited in 2005. 



General Manager Strategy and Corporate Affairs

Julian is responsible for Group Strategy, Legal, Corporate Communications, Governance and Internal Audit and Risk functions for PGG Wrightson Limited. He also previously held the role of Acting General Manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate Limited during 2013. Julian has broad operational involvement across the business and is Chairman of the Credit Committee and Risk Committee, Director of a number of Group subsidiaries and a Trustee of the PGG Wrightson Employee Benefits Plan. He is a former General Counsel of DB Breweries Limited and has previously worked for law firms in the Middle East and New Zealand.




General Manager Insurance and Financial Services

Grant is General Manager of Insurance and Financial Services which is a new position created in August 2016 and encompasses leading the growth of our insurance and finance product offerings alongside associated key relationships with Aon and Heartland. Grant holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science from Lincoln University and began his career with Reid Farmers Limited within their Livestock Division. He has held positions as Pyne Gould Guinness Limited Wool Manager and recently General Manager Regions and Otago Regional Manager with PGG Wrightson Limited. He has also worked within rural banking and finance sectors, and holds his Real Estate papers. 




General Manager New Zealand Seeds

David is General Manager New Zealand Seeds, a position he has held for the last seven years. He is responsible for all facets of the New Zealand Seed business. David graduated from Lincoln University in 1990 with a B.Com (Ag) degree and since then has worked in many roles for PGG Wrightson Seeds Limited and its predecessor companies. David is a former executive member of NZGSTA and a current executive member for the NZPBRA. He is a Director of R&D companies Grasslands Innovation Limited and Forage Innovations Limited.




Group General Manager Retail & Water

Stephen is responsible for all aspects of the Retail and Water Group business which includes Rural Supplies, Agritrade and Fruitfed Supplies. He has worked for PGG Wrightson Limited and its predecessor companies for 28 years. He holds a Bachelor in Business Studies (Accounting) from Massey University. Stephen is a Director of several Group subsidiaries and a Trustee of the PGG Wrightson Employee Benefits Plan Limited. Oversight of the Water Group was added to Stephen’s responsibilities from August 2016.


 Rachel Shearer


General Manager Human Resources

Rachel was appointed PGG Wrightson Limited’s General Manager Human Resources in April 2016 to lead our Human Resources, Payroll and Health & Safety teams. In this role she holds ownership of the PGG Wrightson People Strategy with the foundations of this being performance, leadership and culture. Rachel also has oversight of Agriculture New Zealand, PGW’s national multi-site Private Training Establishment. Previously Rachel was GM Human Resources of Solid Energy New Zealand Limited. She also has multinational experience across a broad spectrum of industries having spent 12 years working as an HR and Executive Recruitment Consultant in Australia, England, United States and her hometown of Christchurch.




Group General Manager Seed & Grain

John is responsible for all aspects of the Seed and Grain business both domestically and off-shore for PGG Wrightson Limited and its subsidiaries. He started his career as a Farm Consultant in Mid-Canterbury and was a founder of the specialist proprietary seed company Agricom Limited in 1985 which was purchased by Pyne Gould Guinness Limited in July 2005. At that time, he led the merger of Agricom Limited, PGG Wrightson Seeds Limited and Wrightson Seeds Limited. John is Chairman of PGG Wrightson’s R&D companies Grasslands Innovation Limited and Forage Innovations Limited. He also has farming interests in Canterbury in arable and dairy.





General Manager Livestock

Peter is responsible for PGG Wrightson Limited’s Livestock division and joined the company in August 2014. Prior to joining the business he headed up Fonterra’s international farming ventures business from 2008 until 2013, responsible for developing and implementing the strategy to selectively invest in milk pools outside of New Zealand and Australia. His major focus was the development of the scale farms in China plus dairy development in Latin America and Asia. Prior to this Peter worked in Fonterra’s risk management team and before joining Fonterra in 2005 he managed AgResearch farms across New Zealand. Peter grew up on the family hill country sheep and beef farm in the Waikato and spent a number of years managing this in partnership with his family. 




General Manager Real Estate

Peter is the General Manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate Limited, a role he has held since September 2013. Peter was previously General Manager of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty. Peter was previously employed by Wrightson Limited from 1995-2005 during which time he held a range of roles including Marketing Manager and Business Development Manager.



General Manager Grain

Brent has held the position of General Manager Grain since 2006. He joined Wrightson Limited in 2001 and held various management roles in New Zealand and Australia prior to the formation of PGG Wrightson Limited. Prior to the Wrightson/PGG Wrightson roles Brent held positions with BP Limited, Pyne Gould Guinness Limited and Ernst & Young.



Chief Financial Officer

Peter was appointed as PGG Wrightson Limited’s Chief Financial Officer in March 2015 and leads the finance function. Peter started his career at Fletcher Challenge and has broad multinational experience spending five years in Scandinavia where he was the Vice President of Accounting and Tax for Norske Skog, a large global newsprint and magazine paper producer. He relocated to Australia in 2005 and was appointed to the lead finance role for the Australasian region for Norske Skog. In 2008 Peter joined Gloucester Coal Limited, an ASX listed mining company as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2010 he joined the majority shareholder Noble Group, a leader in managing the supply chain of agriculture, energy, metals and mining resources, headquartered in Hong Kong and listed in Singapore. He was the Chief Financial Officer for Noble Group in Australia.



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