vegetablesWA today announced that it has accepted the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, John Shannon.
vegetablesWA President, Damir Kuzmicich, said that the Committee of Management, staff and members would be sad to see John leave and expressed his sincere thanks.
“John has made a very significant contribution and impact as vegetablesWA CEO over the past decade,” he said.
“He has been a consistent presence for over 10 years, through some very difficult and challenging times in the horticulture industry, which as we all know is changing rapidly.
“During his tenure John has tackled issues with changing water availability, threats from new pests and disease, as well as labour challenges, while overseeing a strong, diverse team at vegetablesWA.
“His ability to connect industry stakeholders, across Australia, has been a significant asset to vegetablesWA and the state’s vegetable growers.
“We could not have asked for a better industry advocate and representative and the vegetablesWA Committee, as a whole, would like to thank John for his invaluable service and extend its best wishes as he pursues other challenges.”
Mr Shannon said that vegetablesWA was one of the most interesting, rewarding and challenging jobs in the horticulture sector in Australia and he was thankful to have had the opportunity to be in the position.
“I have just completed three months of long service leave and this gave me an opportunity to think about other professional avenues I’d like to pursue,” Mr Shannon said.
“I have immensely enjoyed my time at vegetablesWA, including the support and friendship of colleagues, the Committee, grower members and industry stakeholders.
“It has been a privilege to serve the vegetable growers of Western Australia for nearly 12 years.”
vegetablesWA will now commence a national search for a new CEO. Manus Stockdale has been appointed as Acting CEO.