MLA appoints new managing director

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has this morning announced the appointment of former Landmark managing director and more recently Ruralco senior executive Richard Norton as its new managing director to replace Scott Hansen, who stepped down from the position in late February.

Richard Norton

MLA chair Dr Michele Allan said an extensive executive search had led to an outstanding appointment who would be ideally placed to lead the organisation.

“Richard brings extensive experience and knowledge of global agricultural retail supply chains as well as agricultural marketing and production systems,” said Dr Allan.

“He has held executive positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing for over 20 years.

“As well as demonstrating strong industry knowledge, Richard’s proven experience in leading change and continuous improvement within a corporate environment positioned him as the standout candidate for this coveted position.”

Mr Norton has previously held senior positions at Wesfarmers Dalgety, Toll Holdings, Woolworths and Coca Cola. He was managing director of Landmark from 2010 to 2013, and in November last year was appointed as general manager for network development for Ruralco. 

Mr Norton will commence in the role with MLA on Monday 2 June 2014.

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