Tony O’Boyle elected to Silver Fern Farms board

Tony O'Boyle, new director for Silver Fern FarmsTony O’Boyle, a Wairarapa sheep and beef farmer, has been elected to the Silver Fern Farms’ board of directors.

The result of the election which closed at 3.00pm on Friday, 11 December 2015 is:

  • Tony O’Boyle – Wairarapa  (10,779,693)
  • Oliver Saxton – North Waikato (8,986,745)
  • David Shaw – South Otago (8,907,781)
  • William Oliver – King Country (4,921,728)

Chairman Rob Hewett said he was looking forward to working with Tony O’Boyle on the board.

“I extend a warm welcome to Tony. As indicated by the independent assessment of Tony, information that was sent to all voting shareholders, he is clearly very capable, and has come through a strong group of candidates. It is a particularly interesting time to be part of our co-operative as we work towards the completion of our 50:50 partnership with Shanghai Maling. Tony’s contribution as a director through this period will be valuable as we make a significant step-change for Silver Fern Farms.”

Tony O’Boyle fills the position made available by long-serving Hawke’s Bay director Angus Mabin, who retires at the Silver Fern Farms Annual Meeting on 16 December.

“I would like to thank Angus for his dedication though his eight years on the Silver Fern Farms Board, and prior to that, the four years he served on our North Island supplier council. He is handing over the reins with our co-operative now in a sound space both financially and strategically.

“His insight into North Island issues following the Richmond purchase helped us with the significant job of rebuilding faith with members of the co-operative and suppliers in the North Island. An important role which I am sure Tony will continue to provide to decision-making around the board.”

The vote represents 55.36 percent of total eligible shares, compared to 68.10 percent in the previous election in February 2015. The voter return percentage was 23.72 percent of eligible shareholders, compared to the February return of 30.86 percent.

Votes were received from 1,183 eligible voters from a total of 4,986 eligible voters.

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