The peak industry body for the Apple and Pear Industry, Apple and Pear Australia (APAL) has announced that John Dollisson will be taking over the chief executive position from October.
Dollisson will take over the position from Jon Durham who has served over twenty years with the industry body.
APAL chairman John Lawrenson said that he was confident that Dollisson's experience will help him manage the many challenges that the industry faces as reported by the Weekly Times Now.
"The board received a wide range of highly qualified candidates for the position which demonstrated great confidence in the apple and pear industry,'' said Lawrenson.
"John's extensive experience in working across large multi-dimensional industries and track record of influencing government decisions will help him to manage the many challenges facing the Australian apple and pear industry.''
Dollisson has previously held senior positions within the Australian Government and tobacco giant Phillip Morris International, as well as Boyer group and Eye Corp amongst others.
Dollisson said that he is thrilled to be working within the agricultural sector due to its propensity to grow.
"I am looking forward to working within the agriculture sector, a sector I believe has major growth potential,'' Dollisson said.
"The opportunity to represent and advocate for the apple and pear industry and the standing of APAL is exciting – it's what attracted me to the position.''