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Specialist Director for Australian Pork

by 5m Editor
4 December 2012, at 11:11am

AUSTRALIA - Geoff Starr has been appointed as a Specialist Director with Australian Pork Limited (APL) for an initial three-year term following the retirement of Professor Robert van Barneveld after eight years.

Mr Starr has an impressive pedigree with a background in marketing and the food industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to APL. Most recently Mr Starr was Chief Executive of George Weston Foods. He is also a past Chairman and Board member of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and has broad experience with building consumer markets in Australia, Asia and Europe through senior positions held with Mars Inc and Unilever Australia.

Specialist Director, Mr Enzo Allara AM, who has been on the APL Board for eight years, serving as Chair for the majority of this period, was reappointed for a further three year term. Mr Allara has been involved in the food and grocery industry both in Australia and internationally for over 40 years.

The Chair of the APL Board took the opportunity at the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Melbourne, to thank Professor van Barneveld for the enormous contribution he has made to the industry, during the past eight years.

Congratulations were also extended to Elected Director Mr John Coward who was re-elected unopposed at the AGM for a further three year term. Mr Coward has over 40 years of experience in the pork industry, including 10 years as managing director of Swickers and as chairman of the Burnett Pork Alliance. Currently, Mr Coward works as a pork industry consultant and is president of Pork Queensland Inc.

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