AACo's leaders are skilled and passionate about our industry. Each are required to hold themselves accountable for contributing to the success of the Company, to make safety and our people a priority and to work with integrity.
Board of Directors
Donald McGauchie was appointed an Independent Director of the AACo Board with effect from 19 May 2010.
Donald has held a wide range of non-executive Director
positions, including as a director and Chairman of Telstra
Corporation Limited, President of the National Farmers Federation,
and Director of National Foods Limited.
His current roles include Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Director of Graincorp Limited, Director of Nufarm Limited and Director of James Hardie Industries S.E.
Stuart is Managing Partner of Chapman Eastway chartered accountants. He is a current non-executive director of leading geophysical consultants Coffey International Limited, and a former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He is the funding Chair and a current Board Member of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board.
David is the immediate past President of the National Farmers Federation and a commissioner on the Australia Centre for International Agricultural Research.
He was a founding partner and current non-executive director of GRM International and is a former chairman of Meat and Livestock Australia and a former director of Grainco Australia and the Meat Industry Council.
Mr Crombie operates family properties, breeding cattle and farming in southern Queensland.
Tom is the former Managing Director of Graincorp Limited, where he established the company as a listed entity.
He is the current chairman of Grain Trade Australia, and a director of Cotton Seed Distributors and Midway Limited.
Shehan is a senior Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Tavistock Group, a privately held investment company. He has responsibility for portfolio strategy across 200 companies in 15 countries, and is CEO of Tavistock Life Sciences, an operating unit of the Tavistock Group.
Before joining Tavistock Group in 2002, Shehan was a Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen with responsibility for strategy and business planning for the global legal, tax and HR Consulting Divisions of the firm, encompassing 1,600 partners and 15,000 professionals.
Earlier in his career, Shehan was involved in the medical research and technology industries. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences from The University of Chicago.
Dr. Mohd Emir was appointed a director on 10 April 2013. Dr. Mohd Emir is currently the CEO of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV).
Prior to joining FGV, he was the Director of Economic Transformation in the Prime Minister's Department of the Malaysian Government.
Mr Adil Allana was appointed a Director of the AACo Board effective 21 August 2013.
Mr Adil Allana is a member of the Supervisory Board of IFFCO, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based business house which manufactures and markets a well-integrated range of mass market consumer products.
Mr Adil Allana is also the Executive Director of IFFCO's Packaging businesses, comprising companies manufacturing and marketing plastics and corrugated boxes with state-of-the-art production facilities in the UAE. In addition Mr Adil Allana is also the promoter of Allanasons Limited, India. The Allana Group is India's leading Agribusiness group with leadership positions in proteins, coffee, spices and edible oils.
Mr Denys Collin Munang is the group CEO of Pontian United Plantations Bhd for Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV). He was previously Head of Strategy, Business and Corporate for Global Plantations. He is also a member of Board of Directors for several FGV companies in Indonesia. He is a graduate in Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Prior to FGV, Mr Denys Munang was attached to Omya, a Swiss multinational company for 15 years. He has held various senior positions in Omya, including as the CEO of Omya's West Asia operations based in Mumbai, India. His last position there was as the Director for Strategic Projects, heading the Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Planning for Omya's Asia Pacific Region. Mr Denys Collin Munang joined the Board to act as an alternate Director for Dato' Sabri Ahmad on 13 March 2012. Following the resignation of Dato' Sabri Ahmad on 15 March 2013, Mr Denys Collin Munang now acts as an alternate Director for Dr. Mohd Emir Mavani Abdullah.
Jason Strong was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He was previously General Manager Marketing.
He has more than 20 years' experience across the beef supply chain, and brings significant industry knowledge and strategic marketing capabilities to AACo.
Jason joined AACo from Meat & Livestock Australia where he was Regional Manager Europe with responsibility for European and Russian markets.
Prior to the MLA stint in Europe he was Head of New Market Development for Pfizer animal Genetics and Manager of the Meat Standards Australia Grading Services. Jason also owned a stud and commercial cattle property at Gunnedah as well as being an owner and manager of high end butcher shops in Brisbane.
Jason has been actively involved in broader industry activities as a past Chairman and Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and one of the drivers behind the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program.
Craig White is the Chief Financial Officer of AACo. He has also served as Interim CEO of AACo and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Billabong International Limited. Prior to joining Billabong, Craig was the Division Finance Director, South Pacific and Korea Division, for The Coca-Cola Company.
Previous positions held by Craig include Region Finance Director, Indonesia, for The Coca-Cola Company, business planning and reporting roles with Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, a business audit management position with CSR Limited and senior corporate finance management positions with Price Waterhouse in Sydney and Paris.
Craig is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from Deakin University in Australia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting from Southampton University in England.
Bruce was appointed Company Secretary and Legal Counsel of AACo in 2006. Before joining AACo, he was a partner in a leading law firm, specialising in company and property law, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial contracts.
Bruce has over 18 years experience in legal practice, having practiced in both Queensland and New South Wales. Bruce is an associate member of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia.
Troy joined AACo in the role of Chief Operating Officer in May
He is also a Director on the Australian Live Export Council Board.
Troy has held the position of chairman of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and has held various industry directorships and leadership positions.
Prior to AACo, Troy held leadership positions in the production, logistics, marketing and export of grain and grass fed beef, live cattle, cropping, sheep, services and other agricultural industries.
Among these were key roles as Manager of the North Australian Cattle Company for Elders Limited, Manager of Elders shipping business, Torrens Investments Pty Ltd, and Director of Killara Feedlot Pty Ltd.
Stewart joined AACo in the role of General Manager - Northern Australian Beef Ltd in May 2011.
Stewart manages AACo's Darwin Beef Processing Facility Project, where he is responsible for development permits, concept and detailed design, tender process and construction and commissioning. Stewart also manages the on-going operational aspects of the project including cattle procurement, processing, compliance, recruitment, employment and training, marketing, logistics and financial performance.
Prior to joining AACo, he worked in the New Zealand Meat Industry for 33 years, and within this time managed six Meat Processing Plants in New Zealand, which included the total rebuild of a beef processing facility, while also spending two and a half year's overseeing the construction of a Beef Processing Facility in the city of Chengdu in China.
Greg joined AACo in April 2010 as the General Manager of People and Culture.
Reporting to the CEO & Managing Director, Greg manages a team of Human Resources and Workplace Health & Safety professionals. The team delivers best-practice people solutions, leads cultural change and enhances safety and wellbeing across the group.
Greg has over 18 years experience in Human Resources across a variety of industries including funds management, transport, education, IT and FMCG. He has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and Post-Graduate Diploma in organisational Psychology. He is also a Chartered member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Ben joined AACo in January 2012 and works closely with all business units to drive innovation, integration of technology and broad productivity gains.
Prior to joining AACo Ben provided business strategy advisory for venture capital and technology start-ups. He has been Marketing Manager of Gowing Bros Ltd and has grown global businesses as a founder, senior executive and leader.
His experience centres around business strategy, online and leveraging technology for innovation and productivity gains in industries including agriculture, retail, manufacturing and intellectual property marketing.
Greg joined AACo in December 2002, when AACo purchased Aronui Feedlot. In 2005 he was appointed Group Manager, Breeding Operations and in 2009 was appointed to his current role of General Manager South East Queensland, Wagyu and Feedlots.
Prior to joining AACo, Greg worked at and managed Aronui Feedlot for 15 years and has a wealth of experience in feedlotting and Wagyu breeding, performance and evaluation.
Greg has been a Councillor for three years with ALFA and presently sits on the board of the Australian Wagyu Association.
Henry first joined AACo in 1985, with his current role being General Manager, Pastoral, where he is responsible for overseeing the company's Barkly, Victoria River District and Darwin stations.
Henry is passionate about the beef industry and the people who
work in it, having worked on cattle properties throughout his
career. Prior roles during his 21 years at AACo have included
Stockman, Headstockman, Manager and Regional manager across a
number of AACo's stations including Canobie, Wondoola, Headingly,
Wrotham Park (formerly owned by AACo) and
Henry is an executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association.
Michael Spencer joined AACo in mid-2010 as General Manager - Queensland. In this role he is responsible for the breeding and backgrounding stations in the Gulf Region, grass fattening enterprises in the channel country and managing AACo's external grass sales program and cattle purchases. Michael also manages AACo's Breeder Alliance and calf buyback programs.
Prior roles include 15 years at Elders as Key Account Manager, Branch Manager and Senior Livestock Salesman. Michael was also Operations Manager for a period of four years for Norland Pastoral Company, a NSW, QLD and NT based family business that produced Commercial and Stud Cattle as well as cotton, cereal grains and soya beans.
In January 2009, Ross took on a consulting position with AACo to assess the existing farming assets within the company. In October 2010 he was appointed to Group Farming manager.
Ross has had a long and productive career in the Agricultural sector both nationally and abroad for more than 30 years. Having commenced his career as a Jackeroo, Ross has worked across a broad range of cropping and grazing enterprises.
Previous roles also included Irrigation and Development Manager with Colly Farms before moving into the role of Marketing Manager. Ross also ran his own farming venture for around 18 years.