Australian agribusiness leader Angus Street has been appointed chief executive of the NZ Merino Company.
He replaces the retiring inaugural chief executive John Brakenridge.
Since 2018 Street has been the chief executive of AuctionsPlus, an online agricultural marketplace and one of Australia’s oldest agritech businesses.
Previously he held senior roles at Hort Innovation, Meat and Livestock Australia and Bastion Collective, a marketing and advisory business in Melbourne.
Street grew up in rural New South Wales and said he has a passion for innovation and sustainability in the agricultural sector.
“Staying connected to the rural sector is important to me and the opportunity to be part of NZM’s journey is a real honour.
“The company has been challenging the status quo for 27 years and leading the way in sustainable and regenerative farming.”
NZ Merino (NZM) board chair Kate Mitchell said Street’s experience in technology and agriculture and an affinity for the farming sector made him the ideal appointment.
“He has the experience, skill and crucially passion required to lead a complex business that needs to constantly evolve to keep our growers’ wool at the forefront of the global market,” she said.
Street, along with his wife and two young children, are in the process of relocating to Christchurch, where he will take up his new role in early August.
In the interim NZM chief operating officer Peter Floris will continue as act in that capacity.