Richard Norton to say goodbye to MLA
After 4 years and a half, MLA's Managing Director Richard Norton announced his departure with the organization from December 7. Norton is to take up a role as General manager Network with Elders.
During his term with MLA, Richard Norton has led major change for the Australian red meat industry, such as the implementation of MLA’s regional consultation model, the adoption of DEXA objective carcase measurement technology across the processing sector, and proposing a carbon neutral target for the industry by 2030.
"He unveiled a visionary plan to accelerate the digital future of Australia’s red meat industry through the Value Chain Digital Strategy and was instrumental in the establishment of strategic partnerships in Livestock Productivity and Genetics", confessed acting MLA Chair Alan Beckett.
"The Board and I thank Richard for the strong leadership that he has provided for MLA and the industry and applaud him for the improvement he’s made to the MLA business during his tenure. Since his appointment in June 2014, Richard has led major change, delivering greater transparency and accountability to MLA operations and a focus on commercial outcomes for MLA levy payers", added Mr Beckett.
Norton said the decision to leave MLA was extremely difficult, but he did so knowing that MLA has an outstanding leadership team and professional staff that work tirelessly for the Australian red meat industry across the world every day.
“The Australian red meat industry should be very proud of what it has achieved and very proud of the team of globally competent staff within its service company MLA,” Mr Norton said. At the same time, he expects that the opportunity to join Elders will give him the opportunity to contribute to their continued growth as a leading Australian agribusiness.
“Elders is an iconic Australian brand and with a strong commitment to rural and regional Australia and a dedicated team of people who I’m looking forward to working with,” Mr Norton said.
Alan Beckett said MLA had engaged a recruitment firm and will commence a recruitment process this week to ensure a smooth leadership transition in coming months.
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