David Harris

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer

David Harris was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer – Supply Chain in March 2020. Prior to his appointment, Dave was working with AACo from 2016 in a contracted capacity reporting to the CEO and Board of Directors to improve operational aspects of the business.

With extensive supply chain experience across various aspects of Australian agriculture, Dave has developed a broad depth of knowledge in the operation of large-scale intensive animal production systems, having previously held executive positions with Stanbroke, Smithfield Cattle Co. and running his private agricultural consultancy business and family farming operations in central west, New South Wales. He understands the importance of optimising and making value chains more efficient and sustainable with a verifiable track record of building & operating agricultural supply chains and infrastructure projects. As an Executive, Dave is experienced in the development and implementation of strategies and business plans focused on achieving improved profitability, efficiency and value creation in new products. He understands dynamic vertically integrated supply chains and the challenges that face businesses delivering a consistent product with variable production.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England specializing in ruminant nutrition and meat science.

Nigel Simonsz

Chief Financial Officer

Nigel Simonsz was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2018.

Prior to joining AACo, Nigel held a number of executive roles with LSE-listed consumer goods organisation, PZ Cussons, where he was a member of the Group Operational Board and served in a number of senior positions, including CFO Australia/NZ and Global Finance Director. He also held executive leadership responsibility as regional CEO for Africa and as CEO of the Australia/NZ business.

Nigel previously held a number of senior financial roles with leading international food group General Mills, as well as in BHP’s corporate and operating divisions.

Nigel has over 25 years’ experience in global consumer goods and industrials businesses, including extensive experience in the food sector across diverse geographical markets in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Economics, and is a member of CPA Australia.

Andrew O’Brien

Chief Commercial Officer

Andrew was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in January 2019.

He joins AACo from ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates, where he spent almost a decade in senior roles with responsibility for the commercial, marketing and sales functions in a diversity of markets spanning TWE’s worldwide business. He most recently served as executive vice president of the Americas, where he oversaw the growth of the business in the key US, Canadian, as well as South American markets. Andrew was previously based in Singapore, where he oversaw over 44 markets across SE Asia, Japan, Korea, India, Africa and the Middle East. Andrew was previously a general manager for Fosters Group and Southcorp Wines, focused on the Australasian markets.

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jacqui Huntington

Director, Office of the CEO

Jacqui Huntington joined AACo in January 2020 and has recently been appointed to the role of Director, Office of the CEO with responsibility for leading the Human Resources; Health, Safety & Wellbeing; Corporate Affairs & Communications; and Environment & Sustainability functions.

Jacqui has more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and has held senior roles in a number of organisations spanning professional services, banking and insurance. Prior to joining AACo she led the Talent and Organisational development function at MLC Life Insurance.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Masters of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Sarah Hackett

Director People and Culture

Sarah Hackett was appointed to the role of Director People and Culture in April 2022. Sarah joined AACo in August 2020 and held the role of Head of Human Resources prior to her current appointment.

Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Operations and has a held number of senior roles in iconic quick service restaurant businesses in Australia including KFC and Starbucks.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business, Human Resources from Griffith University, and Masters of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Bruce Bennett

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.