New head for meat processor
Canterbury farmer Murray Taggart will become the new chairman of major meat processor Alliance Group in October, replacing Owen Poole.
Poole told shareholder meetings of the co-operative last year that he planned to retire this year.
Taggart was a farmer-elected director from 2002 to 2007, and was re-elected to the board in 2010.
He is a member of Alliance's audit and risk committee and a director of Ballance AgriNutrients.
Taggart was a Nuffield Scholar in 1996 and a regional recipient of an FMG Rural Excellence Award in 2006.
He has a farming background on a 457-hectare sheep and cropping unit under irrigation in the Oxford district of North Canterbury.
Poole was chief executive of Alliance from 1995 to 2005 and was appointed to the board as an independent director in 2008. He has been chairman since his appointment to the board.
The Alliance board comprises nine directors, six elected by farmer shareholders and three independent directors appointed for the commercial skills they bring to the board.