Executive Management Team

Mark Allison

Mark Allison

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BAgrSc, BEcon, GDM, FAICD, AMP (HBS)

Mr Allison joined Elders Limited as a Non-Executive Director in December 2009, served as Chairman and Executive Chairman, before being appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in May 2014.

Mark’s agribusiness career of more than 40 years spans technical, manufacturing, supply and distribution roles and businesses. Previous roles include Managing Director/ CEO of GrainGrowers Limited, Jeminex Limited, Farmoz Pty Ltd, Wesfarmers Landmark Limited, Wesfarmers CSBP Limited, CropCare Australasia Pty Ltd and General Manager of Incitec Fertilisers.

Mark is currently Chair of Agribusiness Australia, AuctionsPlus, the Agriculture and Natural Resources End-User Advisory Board of the SmartSat CRC, the Agrifood and Wine Advisory Board of Adelaide University, a Non-Executive Director of GrainGrowers Limited and a member of the Rabobank Food and Agriculture Advisory Board.

Mark oversaw the development and implementation of Elders’ Eight Point Plan in 2014, which returned the company to pure play agribusiness and resulted in the first shareholder distribution in nearly a decade. Since 2014 Elders has grown from a market capitalisation of $50 million to $1.9 billion.

Tania Foster

Paul Rossiter

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Paul was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Financial Officer in August 2022, after serving the business since 2004. Paul has been Group Treasurer since 2012.

Prior to joining Elders, Paul worked for employers in the finance sector including Credit Suisse in Sydney and Morgan Stanley in London. Paul is a Certified Practising Accountant, with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of South Australia, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Paul is an experienced finance, accounting and risk management professional in the fields of banking, financial markets and agriculture.

Peter Hastings

Peter Hastings

Company Secretary & General Counsel

BA, LLB, GDLP, FGIA, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance, GAICD

Peter was appointed Elders’ Company Secretary and General Counsel in 2010. He has responsibility for the Company’s legal, compliance, company secretarial, risk and insurance functions.

Peter was an integral member of the Elders’ team that worked hard to protect shareholder interests through many years of financial distress and which, subsequently, has successfully implemented stabilisation, and now growth strategies.

Peter has nearly three decades of experience gained in legal and governance roles with Elders, other in-house legal positions and in private and government legal practice.

Viv Da Ros

Viv Da Ros

Chief Information Officer

MBA (Manchester), MPM, GAIDC

Viv was appointed to the position of CIO in February 2021 and is responsible for leading the technology/business transformation program at Elders – a multi-year change program that will see the introduction of modern technologies to simplify and enhance interactions with our customer base through traditional and digital channels.

In addition to his CIO remit, Thomas Elder Institute (TEI) and Thomas Elder Consulting (TEC) also report into Viv.  

With the emergence of the ag-tech space, there are many implications and opportunities for Elders and our customers.   Moving the TEI and TEC services into the CIO portfolio allows us to take a broader view of this space and incorporate viable opportunities into our technology roadmap.

Viv’s 30 years of experience includes senior leadership positions in Australia, Asia and Europe, predominantly in the retail sector with the AS Watson Group, Tesco, KPMG and Dairy Farm International.  More recently Viv spent 4 years running the technology and digital functions for Caltex Australia, based out of Sydney.

Olivia Richardson

Olivia Richardson

Executive General Manager People, Culture & Safety

BMgmt (Hons), GAICD

Olivia was appointed General Manager People and Culture in 2018, with the Safety function included in her portfolio from 1 October 2020.

Olivia’s priorities include maintaining an engaged and enabled workforce, investment in learning and development programs, creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, building on the pride in the pink shirt and driving a zero harm workplace.

Having been with Elders for 13 years, she is well acquainted with Elders people, appreciating that they are loyal and committed to doing the best for their communities.

Notable achievements include refreshing the learning and development framework to ensure people are equipped with the relevant skills and technical expertise to do their job; and the refresh of our Employee Value Proposition aimed at promoting Elders as a great place to work to drive retention and attraction of high calibre staff.

Prior to Elders, Olivia has worked across Human Resources in FMCG, Financial Services and Telecommunications throughout Australia, the UK and Europe.

Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Executive General Manager National & Victoria, Riverina

LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Dip LP, Dip Prop Serv (Agency Mgt)

Tom was appointed Executive General Manager Network in 2022, prior to which he has held several other roles within the Elders group.

Most recently, Tom was Executive General Manager Real Estate, Brand & Communications. During his tenure in that role the gross margin contribution of the real estate product more than doubled and he has established a strategic marketing and communications function which has custody of the most trusted agribusiness brand in rural Australia.

Tom has established himself as a leading transaction adviser in the farmland investment space and is a trusted adviser to many of Elders’ largest clients.

Tom previously played a pivotal role in devising and implementing the turnaround strategy for Elders, including executing a number of large and complex divestment initiatives.

Prior to Elders, Tom was the Chief Executive of a specialist international law firm and practiced as a corporate lawyer with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, complex contractual projects, corporate governance and intellectual property.

Kiim Lim

Kiim Lim

Executive General Manager Business Development

BCom, CPA , GAICD

Kiim was appointed to the role in 2018.

She has successfully led the completion and integration of many acquisitions underpinning the growth of Elders, including Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR), Titan AG, Livestock and Wool in Transit delivery warranty and various retail, agency and real estate bolt-ons.

Her focus is to ensure long-term stable growth through the acquisition of high-quality businesses in strategic areas throughout the network and through the supply chain.

Recently, she also led the divestment of Elders' investment in StockCo and negotiated a long-term distribution agreement with StockCo's new owners.

Kiim commenced with Elders in March 2006, and has held various roles with the finance team.

Prior to Elders, Kiim worked with PwC in Malaysia and Adelaide.

Jeremy Cowan

Jeremy Cowan

Executive General Manager Rural Products

BCom

A senior supply chain and commercial professional, Jeremy was appointed to his role with Elders commencing in October 2022. He comes to Elders with an extensive track record of line manager excellence and change management delivery, and deep expertise in end-to-end supply chain, encompassing, manufacturing, procurement strategy, end-to-end planning and category management.

He has held multiple executive management team roles in multinational branded product businesses in the FMCG and consumer healthcare sectors, in Australia and the United States.

Jeremy is currently based in regional Australia and possesses direct insight into how regions and the Elders network operate. This will assist him in his role of supporting our business growth and backward integration strategy, along with the further integration of our rural products businesses.

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