Managing Director & CEO
Managing Director & CEO
Jason Strong was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He was previously General Manager Marketing.
He has more than 20 years’ experience across the beef supply chain, and brings significant industry knowledge and strategic marketing capabilities to AACo.
Jason joined AACo from Meat & Livestock Australia where he was Regional Manager Europe with responsibility for European and Russian markets.
Prior to the MLA role in Europe he was Head of New Market Development for Pfizer Animal Genetics and Manager of the Meat Standards Australia Grading Services. Jason owned a stud and commercial cattle property at Gunnedah as well as being an owner and manager of high end butcher shops in Brisbane.
Jason has been actively involved in broader industry activities as a past Chairman and Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and one of the drivers behind the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program.
Acting General Manager Sales & Marketing
Michelle Aldridge was appointed as Global Sales Manager in January 2016.
Michelle joined AACo from the United Kingdom, where she held the position of Vice President, Global Trade Marketing with Reckitt Benckiser. Michelle has extensive sales and marketing experience in fast moving consumer goods, having worked through Australia, the USA and UK in her various roles with Reckitt Benckiser. Michelle’s experience in route to market dynamics, customer relationship management tools and partner collaboration are highly valuable in executing AACo’s route to market strategy and in managing the complexity of supply into numerous markets.
Company Secretary & General Counsel
Bruce Bennett was appointed Company Secretary and Legal Counsel of AACo in 2006. Before joining AACo, he was a partner in a leading law firm, specialising in company and property law, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial contracts.
Bruce has over 18 years experience in legal practice, having practiced in both Queensland and New South Wales. Bruce is an associate member of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia.
General Manager People & Culture
Tony Bourke was appointed General Manager of People and Culture in June 2014.
Tony has more than 20 years’ experience in Senior HR, Industrial and Employee Relations and OHS roles and brings expertise in organisational change and reform programs for improved stakeholder relationships and organisational sustainability.
Tony joins AACo from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service where he was the General Manager Operations accountable for all blood service operations in Queensland.
Prior to this Tony held positions of General Manager Human Resources and General Operations with Myer Direct, the catalogue and on line retail division of Coles Myer Ltd where he implemented a series of strategic HR solutions for the business including an organisational culture enhancement program and developed business performance metrics and customer service standards.
General Manager Innovation & Technology
Gerard Davis joined AACo in September 2014 as the General Manager of Innovation and Technology, a newly created role responsible for establishing and managing AACo’s technology and innovation development and implementation.
Gerard joins AACo from Thermo Fisher Scientific where he led the applied markets commercial team in the Asia Pacific region for the Life Science Solutions Group. This included overseeing business development and projects in the areas of food safety, animal health, human identification and the environment. Prior to that Gerard was a Senior Director in Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) and part of the leadership team for the Animal Genetics business unit.
Gerard was also Managing Director of genomics commercialisation pioneer Genetic Solutions and CEO of Catapult Genetics which was sold to Pfizer in 2008. Gerard has significant experience in innovation, technology development and commercialisation across agribusiness and livestock industries in companies ranging in size from start-up to multi-national.
Chief Operating Officer
Tony McCormack was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2016.
Tony brings significant agribusiness expertise and experience to the company having worked with Stanbroke for 10 years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role Tony was responsible for the operations of the business from livestock production and purchasing, backgrounding, feedlot, processing to sales and marketing.
Tony was initially an auditor for 11 years following which he held senior executive roles in the aviation industry primarily supporting petroleum and mining activities in Asia and the Pacific but also with diversified interests in agribusiness, construction, fabricating and a resort hotel business.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Slatter was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2015.
Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate agribusiness across Australia and throughout Asia. He brings deep expertise in global agri-food supply-chain financing to the company.
Andrew joined AACo from ANZ where he was the Head of Agribusiness, Asia, based in Singapore and accountable for the bank’s Institutional portfolio across the region. Prior to this Andrew held senior agribusiness positions within ANZ’s Institutional Bank in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and at Orchard Funds Management. From 1997 to 2002 Andrew worked for Elders Limited in their Risk Management and International Trading divisions and was the Manager of Elders Japan from its inception in 1997 to 2000 where he was responsible for the development of Elders branded beef programs in-country.
Andrew started his career as a Jackeroo in the Riverina district of NSW and is a graduate of Marcus Oldham’s Farm Management Diploma. Andrew holds Masters degrees in Agriculture (Economics) and Applied Finance from Sydney and Macquarie Universities respectively.