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
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
"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
For more information on the Australian almond industry, visit
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