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CBH Group appoints Acting Chief Executive Officer


The CBH Board has appointed Ben Macnamara Acting Chief Executive Officer of the CBH Group, effective 1 July 2021. Outgoing CBH Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Wilson will continue to lead CBH until his resignation is effective on 30 June 2021.

CBH Chair Simon Stead said the Board is pleased to announce Mr Macnamara’s appointment as Acting CEO, while our internal and external search for the next CEO of the CBH Group progresses. “Ben has demonstrated a strong commitment to the co-operative and the grain growers of Western Australia, and is a highly capable leader with significant experience in our industry,” Mr Stead said.

“With Jimmy having set up the right organisational structure at CBH, Ben will continue to consolidate and build on the strategic direction of the co-operative which the Board and Jimmy have implemented over the past near four years. “This includes continuing to focus on the core of the business, pursue better safety outcomes, engage and develop our people, and invest in the network for the benefit of our growers and customers.”

Mr Macnamara was appointed to CBH’s Chief Operations Officer role in February 2019 by Jimmy, and in this role has been responsible for leading storage and handling, logistics, maintenance and shipping services. Mr Macnamara joined CBH in 2014, serving as Commercial and Business Development Manager and then General Manager Planning, Strategy and Development. Mr Macnamara thanked the Board for their support.

“I look forward to leading the co-operative while in this acting position and working with the Board, growers, employees and our partners as we continue our investment in the network and work to ensure the supply chain runs as efficiently as possible, particularly for the coming harvest.” Mr Macnamara’s contract as Acting CEO will continue until the end of the search process and commencement of a permanent CEO.

Mick Daw has been appointed Acting Chief Operations Officer. Mr Daw is CBH’s current Esperance Zone General Manager and has been in that role for 17 years.