A SENIOR executive with experience working with major corporations, running large farming operations, advancing agricultural research and in international trade is the new chief executive officer of AgForce Queensland.
AgForce president Grant Maudsley said he was delighted to welcome Michael Guerin, who takes on the CEO role at the peak rural industry body from today.
“Growing up on a family farm in New Zealand, Mike has held numerous senior executive roles in large corporations throughout this career, including regional and rural banking managing director at ANZ, and managing director and chief operating officer at Elders,” Mr Maudsley said.
I look forward to doing my bit to drive the continued profitability, productivity and sustainability of Queensland’s agricultural sector.
“For the past two and a half years, Mike has been working in a trade role for the South Australian Government as South East Asia director, while he has also been a Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation director, and served as the chief executive officer for the Northern Australia Cooperative Research Centre bid team.
“With a farming background and significant executive experience, Mike brings a unique combination to AgForce and we are pleased to have someone of his calibre as our new CEO.”
Mr Guerin said there had never been a more critical time for Australian agriculture and he was particularly proud to get the opportunity to lead the peak industry organization.
“With demand for Australia’s high quality food and fibre growing, I look forward to doing my bit to drive the continued profitability, productivity and sustainability of Queensland’s agricultural sector,” he said.
Mr Maudsley said with a state election looming, AgForce would be highlighting to politicians and voters the importance of agriculture to Queensland’s economy, and to the social fabric of regional and rural communities.
“Agforce believes Queensland agriculture has an extremely bright future, but we need governments to adopt the right policy settings so farmers can get on with the job of feeding our state, our country and consumers in many nations across the world,” he said.
Mr Guerin takes over from Charles Burke, who stepped down as chief executive officer in August, after almost five years in the role.