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Nominations open for prestigious agribusiness leadership awards

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The prestigious annual Rabobank Leadership Award is now open for nominations.

A key recognition of achievement in, and contribution to the food, beverage and agribusiness sectors, the annual award acknowledges excellence among the senior leaders of Australia and New Zealand’s agribusiness and agri-related industries.

This year, Rabobank is running two categories for the awards: The Rabobank Leadership Award, and the new Rabobank Emerging Agribusiness Leader Award.

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand CEO Thos Gieskes explains that the awards are an important initiative for Rabobank as a global leader in food and agribusiness banking, to recognise outstanding achievements in the sector.

According to Mr Gieskes, the food and agribusiness sectors are of vital importance to life, and make an enormous contribution to the economy; it is therefore extremely important to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of those who are leading these important industries forward.

He adds that this year’s event will also recognise the up-and-coming leaders emerging in the sector with a clear vision for sustainable growth and prosperity at both corporate and industry levels.

Agribusiness industry participants are invited to nominate leaders in the industry they believe deserving of the awards. Nominations can be made on Rabobank’s website.

Past Leadership Award winners include pastoralist and company director Nick Burton-Taylor and Bega Cheese executive chairman Barry Irvin, while last year’s recipient was Dr Jim Peacock – Australia’s former Chief Scientist and currently Fellow and Chair of CSIRO’s Office of the Chief Executive Science Team.

Judging criteria for the Rabobank Leadership Award include: significant achievement as a senior leader in building, rejuvenating, or expanding a business in the food, agribusiness or beverage sectors; development and communication of a clear vision and direction for sustainable growth and prosperity at both a corporate and industry level; and outstanding corporate citizenship and demonstrated social commitment.

Judging criteria for the Rabobank Emerging Agribusiness Leader Award includes the above, yet within a career spanning less than 10 years.
This year’s award winners will be announced on October 17 at the Rabobank Leadership Dinner to be held at the Member’s Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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