Moving with the times

By Country News

A new era is ahead for award-winning Case IH dealer and family business O’Connors, with the announcement that managing director Mark O’Connor will be retiring at the end of this year, after 42 years service to the company.

According to chairman of the board Richard Lewis, Mr O’Connor will be replaced by group operations manager Gareth Webb.

Mr Webb’s appointment will be the first time in the company’s 54-year history that the head of the organisation is a professional from outside the family.

‘‘On behalf of O’Connors, I thank Mark for his continued efforts to ensure the business remains a market leader in total farming equipment solutions,’’ Mr Lewis said.

‘‘With Mark’s intention to remain on the board, a six-month leadership changeover period and an internal appointment in Gareth, we are confident O’Connors will continue to deliver a first-class service to our customers.’’

Having worked for O’Connors since 2004, Mr Webb began his employment in the sales team at Birchip, before taking on the role as branch manager. He has held his current role of operations manager for four years.

According to Mr Lewis, this is just another example of O’Connors’ commitment to the ongoing success of the business.

‘‘There remains a strong family involvement in the company, both at staff and board level, and we are confident that Gareth’s appointment as CEO is the right decision to ensure we continue supporting our customers’ farming businesses to the highest level possible.’’

Mr Webb will start on July 1.