CBH marketing and trading general manager Jason Craig has called time on his lengthy career at the nation’s biggest co-operative and will take on a new role as the managing director of national smallgoods producer D’Orsogna Limited. Mr Craig — who has worked at CBH for 25 years and headed up CBH’s marketing and trading division since 2012 — will replace Greig Smith on January 1 after a transition period in early November, just as WA’s grain harvest starts to ramp up. Announcing the appointment, D’Orsogna chair Tony Iannello said the transition would be “effectively seamless”. “Mr Smith, along with existing senior management, will work closely with Jason from when he joins the company in early November until commencing as managing director on January 1, 2024,” Mr Iannello said. “Greig has decided to pursue new challenges, having led D’Orsogna for six years and we appreciate his ongoing commitment to enable a smooth transition.” Mr Smith joined D’Orsogna in 2018 and became managing director in June 2019, after previously working as the WA general manager at Ingham’s Chicken. Mr Iannello heaped praise on Mr Smith’s achievements during his time at the smallgoods company, saying he had managed significant challenges, including workplace and supply issues associated with COVID-19 throughout 2020. He also attributed Mr Smith to developing and expanding D’Orsogna’s state-of-the-art facility in Merrifield Victoria in 2019. Mr Craig — whose career so far has focused on grain — will be responsible for a team of 800 staff with 550 in WA and 250 in Victoria. The family-owned D’Orsogna has been in business for 75 years, and is a market leader in the production and distribution of a range of cured and cooked whole and sliced hams, gourmet continental goods, bacon and cooked sausages. Its Perth headquarters has been based in Palmyra since 1973, with a $65 million food manufacturing facility in Victoria. Describing Mr Craig as a “dynamic business leader”, Mr Iannello said the grain boss’ experience leading a large and complex business and an “outcome-driven management team” would be an asset to the business. “D’Orsogna’s board saw these critical qualities as the right match for where our company is positioned at this time and where we see it moving in the future,” he said. The move ends a long career at CBH Group for Mr Craig, who started at the company in 2000 when it was the former Grain Pool. Prior to being appointed CBH’s marketing and trading general manager in April 2012, Mr Craig worked at the company’s joint venture business Interflour as the director of PT Eastern Flour Mills — the fifth largest flour milling business. In an email to its grower members on July 5, CBH chief executive Ben Macnamara said Mr Craig had played “pivotal role” with his unwavering dedication, commitment and leadership leaving a “significant mark on the co-operative”. “Throughout his 25 years with CBH, Jay has built long lasting relationships with colleagues, growers, customers, suppliers, and peers throughout the grain industry in Australia and abroad,” Mr Macnamara said. “We wish him every success and fulfillment in his future endeavours, confident that his experience will continue to contribute to his ongoing success.” Mr Macnamara said CBH would “shortly” start the process to find a replacement to lead the marketing and trading division. The most volatile grain market in 50 years and a record harvest helped CBH Group deliver its biggest annual surplus and ship a record 16.7 million tonnes of grain to international customers last year.