Zespri™ Announces Board Chairman Bruce Cameron to Step Down; Dan Mathieson and Nathan Flowerday Comment

Zespri™ Announces Board Chairman Bruce Cameron to Step Down; Dan Mathieson and Nathan Flowerday Comment

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NEW ZEALAND - Transition is the word of the day for Zespri™ as the kiwifruit name announced that Board Chairman Bruce Cameron will step down and Nathan Flowerday will take over the role. Cameron will officially step down in February after five years in the position and he will retire as a Director of Zespri at the company’s next Annual Meeting in August 2024.

Nathan Flowerday, Incoming Board Chairman, Zespri“It’s a real privilege to have the support of the Board to take on the role of Chairman next year, and I want to thank Bruce for the immense contribution he’s made to our industry,” said Flowerday. “Zespri is an organization created by New Zealand growers for New Zealand growers, and keeping growers at the center of our decision-making will continue to be our focus. We have an industry structure that provides a strong platform from which to maximize the value we’re returning to growers, and I look forward to continuing our work to do that.”

The Zespri Board has unanimously elected Grower-Director Flowerday as Chairman-Elect, who will take over as Chairman following next February’s board meeting.

He has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for more than 25 years and has been a Director of Zespri since 2012. He’s also a Director of the Kiwifruit Breeding Centre, a joint venture between Zespri and Plant & Food Research.

Zespri™ announced that Board Chairman Bruce Cameron will step down and Nathan Flowerday will take over the role

As Flowerday prepares to take on this position, he has the support of Cameron.

“Nathan brings great experience and a strong understanding of the needs of our industry, having served on the Board for more than a decade, and I look forward to working with him for the remainder of my term as a Director,” he commented.

Cameron has been on the Zespri Board of Directors since 2010, moving into the Chairman’s role in February 2019.

Bruce Cameron, Board Chairman, Zespri“I’ve long maintained that it’s not just enough having great fruit on the vines. You also need to have great people to move it, store it, and sell it. The fantastic people within our industry will continue to drive our success, and I’ve appreciated the many discussions I’ve had with growers and industry colleagues who have shared when we’ve got things right and when we haven’t,” added Cameron, commenting on his time with Zespri. “Together, we’ve built a strong track record of success, with our unique industry structure providing the scale to withstand a number of headwinds and a strong platform to chase the many opportunities we now have in front of us.”

Chief Executive Officer Dan Mathieson shared his thanks for Cameron and his support of Flowerday.

Dan Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer, Zespri“Bruce joined the Board just before PSA hit, and his leadership in responding to that challenge and the many we have faced since has helped deliver some outstanding results for growers,” he said. “As Chairman, Bruce has overseen a number of key strategic decisions Zespri has made in recent years to create sustainable long-term value for the industry. This has included the expansion of our innovation work and the growth of SunGold Kiwifruit, the focus on securing world-leading market-based talent to enhance our local sales and marketing programs so that we can secure more value, and modernizing Zespri’s digital infrastructure and platforms through the Horizon Program. He helped steer us through the significant challenges of recent seasons while setting the strategy for our medium and long-term growth and has been an incredibly strong voice for growers as we have continued our work to further develop as a world-class organization.”

Mathieson continued, stating “I also want to congratulate Nathan on his appointment and look forward to working closely with him to address the important challenges and opportunities in front of us to maximize the value we return to growers in the years ahead."

Best wishes to both leaders in their new endeavors!


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