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MEDIA RELEASE 02 November

Almond Board of Australia appoints new CEO
The Almond Board of Australia (ABA) has announced that Ross Skinner will take the position of CEO of the Board from 22 November. The announcement was made at the annual almond conference held in Sunraysia (Vic) from 27-29 October.

Skinner takes over from outgoing CEO Julie Haslett who held the position for almost ten years.

Skinner comes from Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) where he held the position of industry services manager. He has been responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans through research and development and marketing programs for the almond, pistachio, citrus, table grape, olive and dried fruit industries.

Currently based in Mildura, Skinner has been working closely with the almond industry and the Almond Board of Australia over the past few years in his role with HAL.

"Given his experience, good understanding of the almond industry and related networks, Ross will be a great addition to the ABA team," said Haslett.

Skinner said he is joining the Australian almond industry at a very important stage of its development.

"The Australian almond industry has undergone rapid expansion in the past few years and it is forecast to become the world's second largest almond producer by 2015. It is a very exciting time for me to join the ABA and I look forward to working with the team at furthering the industry both on our home soil and overseas," Skinner said.

Skinner has worked in the horticulture industry for 26 years and has qualifications in economics and accounting.

The Almond Board of Australia (ABA) is a non-profit, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Australian almond growers, processors and marketers.

For more information on the Australian almond industry, visit www.australianalmonds.com.au or call (08) 8582 2055.

Released for The Almond Board of Australia by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Petra Aitken or Kim Larochelle on (02) 9413 4244.

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