Murray River Organics appoints new chief

Valentina Tripp_Head Shot 2018Murray River Organics Group Limited’s Board of directors has appointed Valentina Tripp as new managing director and CEO.

The Aussie company said in a statement Tripp 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.

“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,” Murray River Organics’ chairman Andrew Monk said.

“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.”

“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 said.

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. She also reset the future strategy for Simplot in the FMCG and agribusiness sectors in Australia. Prior to Simplot, Valentina was senior director with KPMG, leading transformation, strategy, customer growth, supply chain, operational and financial turnarounds.

In her new role as managing director and CEO, Tripp will ensure the successful integration of Murray River Organics’ recent acquisitions and accelerate the company’s new product and brand development. Her role commences immediately today with outgoing CEO George Haggar remaining in the business until the end of June to assist with a smooth transition.

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