Grains industry news in brief

New bosses at Incitec Pivot, CBH


There have been appointments at some leading Australian agribusinesses.

CBH chief executive Andy Crane will step down from his role after eight years.

CBH chief executive Andy Crane will step down from his role after eight years.

RLEM service

A screening service to test for insecticide resistance in redlegged earth mite (RLEM) is again being made available this year.

Through a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment, cesar is screening RLEM populations across South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales.

 James Maino from cesar says growers and advisers suspecting a chemical control failure against RLEM are encouraged to contact cesar to access the service that is available at no extra cost to growers.

“The service will help to identify the best control options for growers, and detect any resistance before it becomes more widespread,” Dr Maino says.

 Earlier this year, resistance was confirmed in multiple RLEM populations from SA to both synthetic pyrethroids (SPs) and organophosphates (OPs).

IPL appointment

Fertiliser supplier Incitec Pivot (IPL) has appointed former BP executive Jeanne Johns as its new chief executive officer and managing director, taking over from James Fazzino in the role.

Ms Johns, who has over 25 years industry experience in North America, Asia and Europe, will take over in the role in November, with Mr Fazzino remaining in the role after IPL releases its results at the end of September.

Ms Johns will step down from current roles as a non-executive director at both Tate and Lyle and Parsons Corporation.

New CBH boss

CBH has appointed Jimmy Wilson to replace Andy Crane as the chief executive of the business.

Mr Wilson, who takes over after Dr Crane’s eight year stint in the role, comes to the company from mining giant BHP, where he was involved in supply chain management.

His most recent role was heading up BHP’s iron ore division.


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