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Apples & Pears boss stepping down

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New Zealand Apples & Pears Inc (NZAPI) chief executive Alan Pollard is stepping down from the role later this year. Pollard has overseen significant growth in the industry during his nine years at the helm.
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When he started as chief executive in 2012 the industry’s export earnings were about $340 million, which had risen to $920m last year, close to the $1 billion target that was set in 2013.

Chair Richard Punter says as NZAPI defines what business as usual might look like post-covid, and Pollard feels that it is the right time for a new leader to bring their own skills, experience and style to the organisation.

“We are deeply appreciative of the contribution that Alan has made to the successful growth of the industry and the grower organisation,” Punter said.

Pollard says he is proud of the work the NZAPI has done, especially during the past 15 months to support the industry in unprecedented times.

“NZAPI is acknowledged as a high-performing and influential industry organisation, and I have enjoyed every bit of what has been (collectively) achieved,” Pollard said.

“During a transition period I will be ensuring a smooth handover to my successor, as well as continuing to progress some key projects, including pursuing an agreement with the Government regarding the bringing in and repatriation of RSE workers. Beyond that, I look forward to identifying and pursuing my next opportunity.”

The NZAPI board will begin the process of recruiting Pollard’s successor shortly.

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