Monday, 29 April 2024 10:55

McIvor to step down in July

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Beef + Lamb NZ chief executive Sam McIvor Beef + Lamb NZ chief executive Sam McIvor

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Sam McIvor will step down in July.

A B+LNZ statement says McIvor is taking up another leadership role within the primary sector.

Kate Acland, chair of B+LNZ thanked him and acknowledge the significant contribution he has made to B+LNZ and to the sector in the 17 years he has worked for the organisation, particularly the last eight as chief executive.

“We are delighted that Sam has chosen to continue with a role in the agriculture sector and are confident he will continue to make a positive impact in this position.”

The B+LNZ board will commence the search for a new CEO in the coming weeks. McIvor will also step down as chief executive of NZ Meat Board.

McIvor says it’s been an honour to work in and lead the two organisations over two stints, which have totalled almost half his working career.

“The work B+LNZ and the NZMB do is critical to the sector and throughout my time a standout feature has been the passion, capability and hard work of the staff to deliver value for farmers.  It’s been a privilege to work with and lead them.

“This work though is not possible without relationships. Whether these be in the processing and exporting sector, the research, extension and wider agribusiness community, industry good, or government, I’ve enjoyed immensely the camaraderie and challenges from addressing issues and opportunities together.

“Our farmers of course are the bedrock and beating heart of the sector and I’m immensely proud of our farmers who have always been frank, welcoming, world class operators, and committed playing such an important role for New Zealand.

“I’m continuing in the sector, and though in a different role, I look forward to continuing many of these relationships and making a further contribution to our sector’s ongoing success.

“In the interim though, I’m fully committed to B+LNZ and the NZMB and have plenty to still achieve in the next three months.”

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