Norco Co-operative Limited (“Norco”) welcomed Ben White to the business on 24 October 2017 as Chief Executive Officer after the Board of Directors completed their recruitment process.
Chairman Greg McNamara believes that Ben’s diverse set of skills and experience will be an excellent fit with the Norco business model, saying:
“There are many exciting opportunities for Norco in the future and we look forward to Ben leading management and staff through this next exciting phase in our long and proud history.
Ben brings to Norco a wide-ranging career in livestock, food, agribusiness and agriculture across Australia and South-East Asia.”
Mr McNamara added:
“Ben has particularly strong leadership skills through the ability to create, develop and enable teams of people to achieve beyond their best, by enhancing their skills and passion for the business they work in. Ben has already demonstrated that he will be leading from the front and will be actively engaging with Norco’s Members / Milk Suppliers, Board, staff and customers.”
Ben is originally from the NSW Riverina growing wool, meat, wheat, barley and horses on the family farm. He is a passionate advocate for Australian farmers and their ability to directly seize opportunities through integrated value chains, so that returns can be maximised for the people who dedicate themselves to creating food, fibre and beverage products of excellence. He also keenly supports the view that younger people must be able to have meaningful and prosperous careers within Australia’s greatest industry.
Ben is very proud to have been asked to lead Norco, a 100% farmer owned, Australian dairy co-operative, saying:
“It is an honour to have been given this opportunity to lead this iconic co-operative through our next stage of profitable and sustainable growth. In just two weeks I have already learnt so much about this diverse agricultural co-operative and I look forward to working with the Norco team on strategies that will take Norco from good to great!
There is so much happening in the dairy industry at the present time and it is crucial that Norco is well placed to take advantage of any opportunities that are identified in the short, medium and long term.”