Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Hort Innovation CEO resigns

Hort Innovation has announced the resignation of CEO Matt Brand. He will continue in the role for six months while the recruitment of a new CEO takes place.

Hort Innovation Chair Julie Bird says the Board extends its thanks to Mr Brand for his leadership during his three years as CEO and wishes him well for the future.

“Matt has overseen the development and launch of the 2019-2023 strategic plan and the recent five-year strategic investment plan refresh across all 37 levied industries,” she says.

“He initiated the process improvement project, to assist in improving transparency, visibility and responsiveness of the investments made on behalf of the horticulture industry and has driven a project with peak industry bodies on transforming how we receive investment advice.”

Hort Innovation notes that more than half of Mr Brand’s tenure was spent navigating a rapidly changing landscape because of the pandemic. This included leading the business remotely and supporting the horticulture sector to respond to a range of Covid-related crises around labour, export and demand creation.

Moving forward, Ms Bird says: “As a Board, we are focused on finding the right CEO candidate to build on the solid foundations that have been recently established and to work collaboratively with our partners to take Hort Innovation into the next phase of our strategic development and delivery for the betterment of industry.

“We are looking forward to continuing the work we have started on building a better stakeholder experience, continuously improving our internal ways of working for efficiency and building a constructive culture.”

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