Fed Farmers names new CEO

Federated Farmers has named Graham Smith as its chief executive officer designate to succeed Conor English

Federated Farmers has named Graham Smith as its chief executive officer designate to succeed Conor English.

According to a statement by Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills, Mr Smith is a highly accomplished chief executive who joins the Federation from Soda Inc.

Prior to Soda Inc, Mr Smith was chief executive of the Crown Research Institute ESR (Institute of Environmental Science & Research) for almost three years. 

“Graham understands the strategic context Federated Farmers operates in and is no stranger to the primary industries, having been a former general manager at AgResearch,” Mr Wills says.

Mr Smith will formally take over the role of chief executive at New Zealand’s largest lobby group in July.

He replaces Conor English, who has filled the position for the last six years.