Experienced business leader appointed to Alliance Group board

One of New Zealand’s leading company directors has joined Alliance Group’s Board as an independent director.

James Ogden, director, Alliance GroupJames Ogden currently holds a number of directorships with high-profile companies including The Warehouse Group Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited and Vista Group International Limited.

His appointment, which follows the recent retirement of former director John Waller, will see Ogden help oversee the cooperative’s strategy as it looks to drive further growth in its key markets. Earlier this month, Alliance Group reported a pre-tax profit of $17.6 million and announced a $7 million pool payment distribution to supplier shareholders, the first in three years.

Ogden says he is looking forward to joining a company at the forefront of exporting premium products to global markets.

“Alliance Group is one of New Zealand’s leading exporters. I have been impressed by the cooperative’s expansive global footprint from its traditional markets in the UK and Europe through to the likes of China, India and Brazil.

“I’m looking forward to providing my skills, experience and pragmatism to the Alliance Group Board, particularly around the business strategy, stakeholder management and corporate governance.”

Murray Taggart, chair of Alliance Group, said: “James will bring considerable governance experience, business expertise and sound guidance to the Board. He joins the Board at a time when the company is well positioned to benefit from the growing demand for protein and the global economic recovery.”

Ogden has extensive investment banking and capital markets experience including six years as Country Manager for Macquarie Bank Limited and five years as a director of Credit Suisse First Boston.

He also has considerable experience in the rural sector, having served as chief executive of Wellington Dairy Farmers Co-op Association Limited, financial controller at the New Zealand Dairy Board and chief executive of Whey Products (NZ) Limited.

Ogden is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc. and a former New Zealand Stock Exchange Broker.

The appointment is effective immediately.

Supplied by Alliance Group.

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