AFGC’s new deputy chief executive

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has announced the appointment of Dr Geoffrey Annison to the position of deputy chief executive.

According to the AFGC’s chief executive Dick Wells, Annison will bring a wide range of experience to the position, particularly in the areas of regulation and innovation.

“Dr Annison’s career, which spans a number of sectors including the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector with Goodman Fielder and the AFGC; the rural sector with organisations such as Australian Pork; and research providers such as Massey University in New Zealand and the CSIRO, provides him with the background needed to work in this challenging field,” Wells said.

With a BSc in Food Technology and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales, Annison will take up the position in October, replacing Dr David Roberts who leaves the AFGC after six years.

Wells also announced two other appointments to the AFGC.

Kim Leighton has been appointed director of food policy and regulation, and will work closely with Annison to manage the health, nutrition and scientific affairs agenda; and Tony Mahar has been appointed director of sustainable development and will manage the industry’s enhanced program of sustainability, including issues of water, climate change and packaging waste.

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