Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Rabobank Leadership Awards, recognising outstanding leadership among both accomplished and up-and-coming leaders in New Zealand and Australia’s food, beverage and agribusiness industries.
The two peer-nominated annual awards – the Rabobank Leadership Award and the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award – are among the industry’s most highly-regarded accolades, acknowledging the critical contribution of good leadership to the success of the food and agribusiness sector.
The Rabobank Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has built an expansive career in management and leadership in New Zealand or Australian agribusiness and has, as a senior executive, led sustained growth and commercial success while demonstrating a wider commitment to the broader community. In 2016, this award was presented to New Zealand meat industry pioneer Sir Graeme Harrison, founder and chair of one of New Zealand’s largest exporters, ANZCO.
Other previous New Zealand recipients of the award, which has been running for the past 12 years, include former chair of Fonterra Sir Henry van der Heyden and Villa Maria Estate founder Sir George Fistonich.
The Rabobank Emerging Leader Award, which was introduced in 2013, recognises the contribution and role of up-and-coming farmers and those in the wider agribusiness sector who demonstrate strong leadership potential. Last year, this award went to Jan Vydra, entrepreneur and co-founder of one of Australia’s leading fresh herb operations, Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs.
Announcing the opening of nominations for the 2017 awards, Rabobank New Zealand CEO Daryl Johnson called for New Zealanders involved in agriculture and agribusiness industries to nominate individuals who have made, or are making, a significant contribution to the sector as leaders or emerging leaders of the future.
Johnson in particular issued a challenge for New Zealand nominations for the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award, with a New Zealander yet to take out this award category.
“We have such an amazing pool of emerging talent in our farming and agribusiness sector and it would be nice to see a strong field of New Zealand nominees and for a New Zealander to take out this award,” he says.
Other previous recipients of the Emerging Leader Award have been Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology CEO Georgie Aley, Darling Downs beef producer and director of the Australian Lot Feeders Association Bryce Camm and South Australian viticulturist Zachary Caudo.
Nominations for this year’s awards close on July 12, 2017, with the winner to be announced at the annual Rabobank Leadership Awards dinner, to be held in Melbourne on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Nominations for both awards can be made on the Rabobank Leadership Awards website at www.rabobankleadershipawards.com.