Landcorp names new chief executive

CATHERINE HARRIS
Last updated 16:46 04/04/2013
Steven Carden
NEW ROLE: Steven Carden was head of PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia.

Relevant offers

Farming

Rustlers strike central Auckland flock Study links estuary sediment to sheep Farming app in running for award Terminated workers could do with an extra week Red devons' reputation catching on Allied Farmers back in black Fonterra downgrade no cause for alarm Canterbury better prepared for wind Restructure rips heart out of agriculture's scientific effort Farmer tried to 'influence' inspectors

State-owned farming company Landcorp has announced a successor to long-standing chief executive Chris Kelly.

Steven Carden is currently PGG Wrightson Seeds general manager in Australia.

He is expected to take up his new role on August 5.

Landcorp chairman Bill Baylis said Carden brought wide experience from several industries as well as five years with New York business consultancy McKinsey and Co.

"These skills, together with five years' operational experience in agriculture with PGG Wrightson, make him an ideal appointment to lead Landcorp through its next phase," he said.

Challenges ahead will include the impact of the drought. Landcorp recently said it expected to break even this year instead of a forecast net profit of $12.7 million.

Carden holds an MBA from Harvard and will be based in Wellington when he returns.

Kelly is retiring after 12 years in the role.

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers
Opinion poll

Does the continued sale of New Zealand land to overseas interests concern you?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

rural digi editions 4/9

Digital editions

Read our rural publications online