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.
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 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.