13/12/2021 - 10:00

Macnamara named CBH chief

13/12/2021 - 10:00

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CBH Group acting chief executive Ben Macnamara has been appointed boss of the cooperative on a permanent basis.

Macnamara named CBH chief
Ben Macnamara has been acting chief executive since July 1.

CBH Group acting chief executive Ben Macnamara has been appointed boss of the cooperative on a permanent basis.

Mr Macnamara has been acting in the role since July 1, when he replaced outgoing chief executive Jimmy Wilson.  

Mr Macnamara joined CBH in 2014, serving as commercial and business development manager and then general manager planning strategy and development.

In February 2019, he was appointed chief operations officer, responsible for leading storage and handling, logistics, maintenance and shipping services.

Prior to joining CBH he worked at Gresham Advisory Partners and PwC.

CBH Group chair Simon Stead said the appointment was the outcome of an extensive international recruitment process.

“Ben’s strong track record and proven leadership capabilities, further demonstrated in recent months as acting chief executive, made him a clear choice in the board’s final decision to fill the position on a permanent basis,” Mr Stead said.

He said Mr Mcnamara’s experience across different disciplines makes him the ideal person to lead the group.

“Since joining CBH in 2014, Ben has been instrumental in bringing a strong commercial focus to the business, establishing a planning function to ensure network investment is prioritised based on the growing size of the crop and growers needs, and leading the operations division through a period of significant network investment and planning for this year’s record crop,” Mr Stead said.

“In selecting a new CEO, the board’s priority was to identify someone who will remain steadfastly focused on the core of chief executive– an efficient and cost-effective supply chain, finding the highest value markets for your grain and leveraging the co-operative model to continue to return value to WA growers.”  

Mr Macnamara said his focus would be on the group’s people and relationships with growers, customers and partners, network investment, keeping pace with grower and customer needs and enhancements to core systems.

The announcement comes as the group is harvesting a bumper crop, set to be the largest on record.

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