Murray River Organics appoints new Managing Director and CEO

Murray River Organics Group has appointed Valentina Tripp to the role of Managing Director and CEO.

Valentina is an accomplished chief executive with extensive experience and a track record of success in turnarounds and growing businesses in FMCG, agribusiness and retail across Asia and global markets. Having worked for Simplot, most recently Tripp worked for Top Cut group as Executive Director, where she led the turnaround, repositioning and growth of the meat distribution business in Australia, China, Japan and Korea; together with resetting the future strategy for Simplot as the leading FMCG and agribusiness in Australia.

Prior to Simplot, Valentina was Senior Director with KPMG, leading transformation, strategy, customer growth, supply chain, operational and financial turnarounds. Murray River Organics’ Chairman, Andrew Monk said, “Val’s experience will help steer the direction of the business as it emerges from a period of significant change”.

“The Board of Murray River Organics acknowledges that the business has gone through a challenging period, which has been difficult for our staff, customers, suppliers and shareholders. We are all now focused and aligned on our future, attracting the expertise and skills to drive the performance and growth of the Company in its next phase of development.

“As our company sets its sights on expansion across Australia, Asia, US and Europe, someone of Val’s proven leadership and operational experience will help rebuild a strong operating backbone and positive culture for our organisation – driving change and forward momentum,” added Monk.

In Valentina’s role as Managing Director and CEO, she will ensure the successful integration of Murray River Organics’ recent acquisitions and accelerate the Company’s new product and brand development.

Valentina commented: “I am very excited to be joining Murray River Organics as it prepares for the next stage of growth. As Australia’s largest certified organic producer of dried vine fruit, we have a unique foundation to bring our high quality Australian organic products to the world. I look forward to working with the Murray River Organics team to build on this foundation for the next phase of our growth strategy and to take the business to a new level.”

Tripp’s role commences immediately (16th April 2018), with outgoing CEO Mr George Haggar remaining in the business until the end of June to assist with a smooth transition.

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