After almost a decade at the helm of Australian research & development corporation Hort Innovation (previously known as HAL), John Lloyd will retire from his role as CEO in the second half of 2018.
In a release, the group said Lloyd joined HAL in 2009 and led it through a “challenging yet successful” transition to Hort Innovation in 2014 as the “principal driver” behind the development of the new company’s innovative funding models.
Under his leadership, Hort Innovation has also grown significantly as a business and delivered substantial economic, social and environmental benefits to Australia through its research and development and marketing activities.
Lloyd said he would move on to pursue new opportunities.
“For the last eight and half years, it’s been my privilege to lead the Research and Development Corporation for horticulture in Australia. This industry is one of which industry participants can be proud,” he said.
“Everything we do in horticulture allows people to live happier, healthier, longer and more productive lives – this has been reflected in the tremendous growth of the sector over the past 10 years.
“It’s been an honour to work with the wonderful variety of industries, the quality of leadership, and the professionalism of the employees inside Hort Innovation, and across Australian horticulture more broadly.”
Lloyd is expected to support the entity’s board during the succession process and will continue to provide leadership continuity through this period.
“There is a lot we want to achieve in the coming year, and with the contribution of an experienced management team and talented and dedicated people, we look forward to the journey ahead,” said Hort Innovation chairman Selwyn Snell.
“The Board recognises the significant contribution that John has made and thanks him for his excellent management and leadership.”