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Rabobank appoint Mark Vaile to advisory board

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Agribusiness banking specialists, Rabobank , have announced the appointment of Mark Vaile, former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the National Party, to their Australasian Food and Agribusiness Advisory Board.

This specialist board of agribusiness and broader industry leaders is responsible for advising the Australian and New Zealand arm of Rabobank on strategic agribusiness and agricultural issues.

Vaile, who was Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 2005 to 2007, held several ministerial positions during his time in federal government, including Minister for Trade, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and Minister for Transport and Regional Development. He was leader of the National Party from 2005 to 2007.

According to Bruce Dick, CEO, Rabobank Australia & New Zealand, Vaile’s extensive experience in international trade negotiations, policymaking and agricultural issues, along with his lifelong involvement in rural and regional Australia made him a strong addition to the advisory board. Vaile has played a pivotal role in agricultural and trade policymaking and negotiations at the highest level. The insights he brings from this and from his career-long involvement campaigning for the interests of rural and regional Australia will provide a valuable contribution to the advisory board.

During his time as Minister for Trade, Vaile was involved in the significant expansion of global markets for Australia and its trade partners. This resulted in increased market access for Australian exporters, in particular the agricultural sector.

Vaile played a key role in negotiating and concluding a number of Rabobank’s major trade agreements, including Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the United States and Thailand and the Singapore-Australia Agreement. He was also seminal in the initiation of FTAs with China and Malaysia.

Vaile began his career as a jackeroo in rural Australia in the early 1970s. After returning to his hometown of Taree, on the New South Wales mid-North Coast, he worked as a farm machinery salesman before going on to own a successful stock and station and real estate business. He served as Deputy Mayor of the Greater Taree City Council, before being elected to federal parliament as the Member for Lyne in 1993.

Vaile retired from federal politics in July 2008 and is now a Director of business advisory and corporate consulting firm Vaile & Associates. He is also Chairman of renewable energy technology specialist CBD Energy and a Non-Executive Director of Virgin Blue Holdings.

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