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Chief Executive Officer

Ian was appointed as PGG Wrightson’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 November 2017. Based in Singapore from March 2013 Ian was CEO of Zuellig Agriculture and Gold Coin, which was subsequently spun out of the Zuellig Group of businesses. Gold Coin manufactured and sold animal and aqua feed from over 20 mills operating in 10 countries including China and throughout South East Asia.

Ian has had a long career in food and agriculture in Australia and overseas. He has held roles as MD Gresham Rabo Management Limited, a private equity fund specialising in Food and Agribusiness investments; he spent nine years with Goodman Fielder where he was MD of Goodman Fielders’ global Food Ingredients business; and was CEO of Wilmar’s Sugar business - previously known as CSR Sugar (Sucrogen) - in Australia and NZ.

Ian also has extensive industry experience in other sectors, including a long career in the oil and gas industry with Esso Australia Ltd and its parent Exxon in the USA and has spent time in the building and construction sector with Kone Elevators. Ian is a non-executive director of SunRice (Ricegrowers), a positon he took up in March 2016.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours from Monash University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.




General Manager Strategy and Corporate Affairs

Julian is responsible for Group Strategy including Digital Strategy, Legal, Corporate Communications and Brand, and Internal Audit and Risk functions for PGG Wrightson Limited. He is also Company Secretary and previously held the role of General Manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate Limited. 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 Director of the PGG Wrightson Employee Benefits Plan Trustee Limited. 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 Wool

Grant in October 2017 took up the position as GM Wool returning to the Wool Industry. He is responsible for all aspects of the Wool business including procurement, logistics, sales and wool export. Grant holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science from Lincoln University majoring in Wool Science. He began his career in Livestock with Reid Farmers Ltd in the mid 1980’s and then joined their Wool Business. He has held positions as Reid Farmers and then Pyne Gould Guinness Limited Wool Manager. Grant recently has held roles with PGW being General Manager Regions and Otago Regional Manager and laterly General Manager Insurance and Financial Services. 




General Manager New Zealand Seeds

David is General Manager New Zealand Seeds, a position he has held since 2009. 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 and Is the NZPBRA representative on the newly created Seed Industry Research Centre Governance Board. He is a Director of R&D companies Grasslands Innovation Limited and Forage Innovations Limited.




Group General Manager Retail and 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 29 years. He holds a Bachelor in Business Studies (Accounting) from Massey University. Stephen is a Director of several Group subsidiaries and a Director of the PGG Wrightson Employee Benefits Plan Trustee Limited. Oversight of the Water business was added to Stephen’s responsibilities from August 2016.




Group General Manager Seed and 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. Prior to this, he had an extensive career in retail ownership management and franchising.



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.


 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, Learning and Development, Payroll and Health and Safety teams. In this role she holds ownership of the PGW People Strategy with the foundations of this being performance, leadership and culture. Previously Rachel was GM Human Resources of Solid Energy New Zealand Limited. She also has multinational experience across a broad spectrum of industries having worked within human resources and executive recruitment in Australia, England, the United States and her hometown of Christchurch.




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.


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