GRAIN industry stalwart Ron Storey has been elected chairman of Pulse Australia.
Mr Storey replaces Peter Wilson, who has chaired the pulse industry organisation for the past six years.
Mr Storey was general manager of AWB Limited’s marketing division for 20 years before leaving in 2000 to set up his own consultancy, Storey Marketing Services.
He has been a director of Mallee Sustainable Farming since 2010 and is a former chairman of cereal breeder Australian Grain Technologies.
Mr Storey plans to steer Pulse Australia through “a repositioning process that will ensure the essential services that underpin Australia’s premium quality export standards are maintained, along with the international market development”.
He will be joined on the board by Brett McIntyre, a senior manager with Mt Tyson Seeds, owned by Singapore trading company Olam International.
Mr Storey paid tribute to Mr Wilson’s involvement in the pulse industry.
“Mr Wilson has been a champion of Australian pulses here and on the global stage,” he said.
“In the 2016 International Year of Pulses, the industry has enjoyed wider exposure within the farming and consumer communities, with an emphasis on the health, environmental and economic benefits of growing and eating more pulses.”