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Horticulture Innovation Australia CEO to retire

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In January 2018, the Hort Innovation Board advised that chief executive John Lloyd has announced that he will step down in the second half of 2018 after eight years leading Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) then Hort Innovation.

Mr Lloyd joined HAL as CEO in 2009, and led it through a challenging yet successful transition to Hort Innovation in 2014. He has also been the principal driver behind the development of the new company’s innovative funding models.

Under his leadership, Hort Innovation has also grown significantly as a business and delivered substantial economic, social and environmental benefits to Australia through its research and development and marketing activities.

After a decade of leadership in the horticultural industry, Mr Lloyd said he will move on to pursue new opportunities in the latter part of 2018.

“For the last eight and half years, it’s been my privilege to lead the Research and Development Corporation for horticulture in Australia. This industry is one of which industry participants can be proud,” he said.

“Everything we do in horticulture allows people to live happier, healthier, longer and more productive lives – this has been reflected in the tremendous growth of the sector over the past 10 years.

“It’s been an honour to work with the wonderful variety of industries, the quality of leadership, and the professionalism of the employees inside Hort Innovation, and across Australian horticulture more broadly.”

Mr Lloyd would support the Board during the succession process and would continue to provide leadership continuity through this period.

Hort Innovation Chairman Selwyn Snell said: “There is a lot we want to achieve in the coming year, and with the contribution of an experienced management team and talented and dedicated people, we look forward to the journey ahead”.

“The Board recognises the significant contribution that John has made and thanks him for his excellent management and leadership.”

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