New CBH chief meets with growers across region

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Cally DupeThe West Australian
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CBH’s new chief executive Jimmy Wilson has hit the ground running, visiting producers across the grain-growing region to introduce himself.

Mr Wilson, who will take on the top role in October, wrapped up a two-week tour of the grain belt last Friday as part of CBH’s annual grower meetings. It was a marked change of scenery for the former BHP iron ore president, who met with more than 200 of the cooperative’s 4200 grower members across the four port zones.

Mr Wilson joined outgoing CBH chief executive Andy Crane on the annual tour with chairman Wally Newman, operations general manager David Capper, marketing and trading general manager Jay Craig and legal and risk general manager David Woolfe.

The convoy travelled more than 4500km by road and met growers at Esperance, Lake King, Kulin, Quairading, Wickepin, Pingrup, Cranbrook, Cunderdin, Merredin, Koorda, Dalwallinu, Northampton and Perenjori.

Mr Wilson will take on the top role on October 1 after starting work as co-elect of the grain handler on August 14.

He most recently headed BHP’s iron ore division but lost that position in February 2016 after falling foul of a management reshuffle. Mr Wilson succeeds Mr Crane, who will step down in late 2017 after more than eight years in the role and plans to build a board career.

CBH did not allow media to attend the grower meetings.

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