Meat & Livestock News

Alliance Welcomes New Chair as Taggart Retires


  • Murray Taggart retires as Alliance Group chair after a decade, succeeded by Mark Wynne.
  • Sarah Brown steps up as a board-appointed farmer director, amidst leadership changes in New Zealand’s major meat companies.
  • The cooperative faces challenges but remains committed to long-term strategies and market improvements.

Alliance Group has announced a significant change in its leadership, with Murray Taggart stepping down as chair after ten years of service. He will be succeeded by Mark Wynne, an independent director, in a transition that was unanimously agreed upon by the board. This move comes as part of a constitutionally mandated change, marking the end of Taggart’s final term.

Taggart’s leadership spanned a critical period for the cooperative, during which he also faced challenges, notably a $98 million loss last year.

Despite these hurdles, he expressed confidence in the resilience and adaptability of the co-operative. His tenure saw him actively involved in addressing the co-operative’s challenges, particularly the weakening global market prices and rising operational costs.

Mark Wynne, the incoming chair, brings a wealth of experience in agribusiness to the table, including a 20-year tenure in the dairy industry and leadership roles at Ballance Agri-Nutrients co-operative. Wynne’s appointment comes at a time when the cooperative is navigating through a tough trading environment, with a focus on long-term strategic plans and business improvements.

The leadership change coincides with similar moves at other major meat companies in New Zealand, signalling a broader shift in the industry’s top management. Sarah Brown will also join the board as a farmer director, further strengthening the leadership team.

The cooperative, under Wynne’s leadership, is poised to continue its commitment to overcoming the challenges of the global markets. The new season has started on a positive note, but Wynne acknowledges that there is still more work to be done to ensure the co-operative’s success and sustainability.

This leadership transition reflects the cooperative’s ongoing efforts to adapt and thrive in a challenging business environment, with a clear focus on strategic improvements and market opportunities.