Board

(English) Genichiro Higaki

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(English) Genichiro Higaki

Director

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John Murray

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John Murray

Non-Executive Director

John joined Emerald Grain in 2013 to spearhead its transformation into one of Australia’s leading integrated grain trading, marketing, storage, handling and logistics businesses. John has extensive experience across Australian and international agribusiness including as Managing Director of publicly listed Ridley Corporation, CEO of Cheetham Salt and Group General Manager – International Operations with Elders Limited. John’s past experience as an Emerald Grain customer, a director of the Emerald Group Board between 2007-08 and a former member of the Australian Bulk Alliance board gives him an intimate understanding of the Emerald Grain business.

Nobuo Takesue

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Nobuo Takesue

Director

Nobuo Takesue joined the Emerald Grain Board in April 2014.

Mr Takesue first joined Sumitomo in 1990, coordinating logistics for imported grains in bulk and containers.

Throughout his career at Sumitomo, Mr Takesue has been active in commodity trading for wheat, barley and rice and expanded his career to managing foodstuff and fertilizer at the company’s office in Portland USA.

Mr Takesue currently works as the Deputy General Manager for the Grains and Oilseeds department at Sumitomo, based in Tokyo, Japan.

Hideki Hijiya

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Hideki Hijiya

Director

Hideki joined Emerald Grain as a Director in 2010. He has a wide range of experience in international grain marketing and has been involved in the grain marketing team at the Sumitomo Corporation for more than 25 years.

In recent years, Hideki was Project Manager of various international M&As in agribusiness across Vietnam, China and Australia. Hideki set up the first foreign invested wheat flour premix company in Vietnam.

In early 2014, Hideki was appointed Head of Media, Network & Lifestyle Related Goods & Services Unit at Sumitomo Corporation Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd

Seiji Okamato

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Seiji Okamato

Chairman & Executive Director

Seiji Okamoto joined Emerald Grain as Executive Director in March 2014.

Prior to this, Mr Okamoto spent 23 years working with Sumitomo Corporation in Japan.

Mr Okamoto first joined Sumitomo in 1991 working in the Credit Controlling Department after completing studies at Waseda University. Throughout his career at Sumitomo, Mr Okamoto has worked in a variety of senior management roles in the food, fertilizer, grains and oilseed industries. Mr Okamoto also enjoyed working as the Chief Financial Officer for Roland Kanazawa, a bakery company owned by Sumitomo.

Executive Committee

David Johnson

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David Johnson

Chief Executive Officer E:djohnson@emeraldgrain.com

David comes to us from Agrex Australia where, as the Executive General Manager – Grain, he has spent the last 18 months responsible for growing Olam’s grain business is Australia. Not long after completing his Bachelor of Agricultural Science, David joined the Victorian Farmers Federation as a Research Policy officer.  He spent 2 years in this role and then joined the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), where he spent around 20 years in various roles. Starting as a Grain Merchant, spending some time as managing the export wheat pool business and finishing his time in AWB Geneva SA as the Managing Director.  David broke up his time with AWB by having a stint with Ridley Agriproducts as the National Procurement Manager for about 2 years, as well as a 12 month stint as the GM – Client Services for Landmark Operations.

(English) Michael Cole-Sinclair

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(English) Michael Cole-Sinclair

Trading Manager

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(English) Josh Whiting

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(English) Josh Whiting

Chief Financial Officer

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Travis Anderson

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Travis Anderson

General Manager - Operations

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Seiji Okamato

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Seiji Okamato

Chairman & Executive Director

Seiji Okamoto joined Emerald Grain as Executive Director in March 2014.

Prior to this, Mr Okamoto spent 23 years working with Sumitomo Corporation in Japan.

Mr Okamoto first joined Sumitomo in 1991 working in the Credit Controlling Department after completing studies at Waseda University. Throughout his career at Sumitomo, Mr Okamoto has worked in a variety of senior management roles in the food, fertilizer, grains and oilseed industries. Mr Okamoto also enjoyed working as the Chief Financial Officer for Roland Kanazawa, a bakery company owned by Sumitomo.

(English) Helen Lukis

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(English) Helen Lukis

Human Resource Manager

Supply Chain

(English) Angela Mohr

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(English) Angela Mohr

Safety Health & Environment Manager

(English) Simon Wishart

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(English) Simon Wishart

NSW Country Operations & The Rock Site Manager - Business Development E:swishart@emeraldgrain.com

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(English) Stephen Buick

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(English) Stephen Buick

Quality Services Manager E:sbuick@emeraldgrain.com

(English) Aaron Mato

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(English) Aaron Mato

Terminal Manager E:amato@emeraldgrain.com

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Travis Anderson

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Travis Anderson

General Manager - Operations

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Neil McLennan

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Neil McLennan

Victorian Counrty Operations & Edenhope Site Manager

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William de Gabrielle

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William de Gabrielle

Asset & Maintenance Manager

Bill began with Emerald in 2013 taking on the role of Maintenance Supervisor. During this time he has spent many hours  at Melbourne Port Terminal and country sites to understand the condition and history of the business assets.
Bill’s working life started as apprentice electrician with the Port of Melbourne Authority.  Once completing his post trade qualifications he worked his way through different roles including Engineering Services Manager for East Swanson / Webb Dock for the Port of Melbourne Authority. Bill has applied his knowledge to operations across the globe including stints in Saudi Arabia, Philippines, North America, South America and Africa.
During his time at Emerald, Bill has introduced a Computerised Maintenance Management Package to record all business assets and set up preventative maintenance programs.
Due to Bill’s excellent management Emerald Grain has reduced reliability downtime on assets at throughout the supply chain operations.

Trading & Marketing

Malcolm McMahon

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Malcolm McMahon

Marketing Manager

Malcolm joined Emerald as General Manager, Merchandising in 2005. He currently manages the sales and marketing functions including key consumer relationships.

Malcolm has more than 35 years’ experience at listed Australian and International agribusiness corporations, including global exposure to commodity trading, finance, accumulation and marketing activities.

Malcolm’s executive career has included senior management and trading roles with Riverina Stockfeeds, Cargill, AWB Ltd, Grainco and Elders. Malcolm has previously held Non-Executive Chairman and Director roles in agribusiness and logistics companies, including Plantech, Seedmark, Pulse Australia, ABA and Bulk Terminals Australia. He is currently Vice President and Director of the AGEA (Australian Grain Exporters Association) and a director of PBG (Philp Brodie Grains).

Justin Bond

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Justin Bond

Chartering Manager

Justin joined Emerald in September 2014 as Chartering Manager. His key responsibilities include the provision of freight services for Emerald’s bulk and containerised CFR/CIF sales.

Prior to joining Emerald Grain, Justin was the Freight & Logistics Manger at Newcrest Mining and has worked previously with BHP Billiton, AWB and ANL in Freight Trading, Chartering and Logistics roles.

Justin has 14 years of freight/logistics experience and has worked both locally and internationally with time spent in London with ANL and Singapore with BHP Billiton.

Mick Commadeur

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Mick Commadeur

Commodity Trader

Mick joined the Emerald Grain in 2010. His key responsibilities include facilitating pricing and execution for hedging marketing strategies across Emerald’s wheat book.

Prior to Emerald, Mick spent four years working for ann agribusiness research firm specialising in investment analysis.
Mick grew up on an irrigated dairy farm in Goulburn Valley before moving to Melbourne for study.

Brant Laidlaw

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Brant Laidlaw

Senior Commodity Trader

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Kieran Quinn

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Kieran Quinn

FX & Treasury Markets Trader

Kieran joined Emerald Grain in 2012. His key responsibilities include trading the foreign currency and interest rate exposure of the commodity books. This includes taking active participation in directional moves as well as structuring the most efficient hedging strategy through the combination of various derivatives.

Kieran has both local and international experience, having worked with NAB for eight years both in Sydney and the UK. While at NAB, Kieran’s role included structuring and trading both commodity and FX related derivatives.

Richard Wood

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Richard Wood

Commodity Trader

Richard joined Emerald as a Commodity Analyst in 2011. His key responsibilities include facilitating pricing and execution for hedging and marketing strategies across Emerald’s barley book.

Prior to Emerald, Richard worked for Westpac in the Agribusiness Risk Management division for four years.

Richard grew up on a mixed livestock and cropping property near Wakool in South Western NSW, he moved to Melbourne to pursue his studies at the University of Melbourne.

Brad Cullen

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Brad Cullen

Regional Manager Emerald South East E:bcullen@emeraldgrain.com

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Lee Hodge

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Lee Hodge

Logistics Manager

Lee Hodge joined Emerald Grain in June 2013.  Lee’s role as Logistics Manager involves the management of road and rail domestic and export logistics covering SNSW, VIC, SA and WA.  Prior to this Lee was involved in the shipping and malting industry leading a team with responsibilities including the management of a national logistics programme and the export of bulk container shipments into Asia.

Dick McCagh

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Dick McCagh

General Manager WA E:dmccagh@emeraldgrain.com

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Brad Weier

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Brad Weier

General Manager Emerald North E:bweier@emeraldgrain.com

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(English) Michael Cole-Sinclair

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(English) Michael Cole-Sinclair

Trading Manager

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