New Chief Executive is appointed

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The ANM Group board has announced that well known north-east businessman Patrick Machray OBE has accepted its request to step up to the role of chief executive officer (CEO), with immediate effect, from his current position as board member.

Former CEO, Alan Craig, has left the business to pursue other opportunities. ANM Group fully recognises the enormous effort and commitment Mr Craig has invested in the organisation.

ANM Group chairman, John McIntosh, said: “We recognise the business, and indeed the industry, is operating in an extremely challenging environment and have appointed Mr Machray in this role to guide us through this demanding period.

“He has a formidable wealth of experience at board level coupled with in-depth commercial and industry knowledge. Mr Machray has held a number of high profile senior positions including chief executive of independent chartered accountants and business advisors, Johnston Carmichael, and chairman of Scottish Enterprise Grampian. He will continue to serve as chairman of the Scottish Agricultural College’s finance and general purposes committee.

“ANM Group is delighted Pat has accepted this role, frankly he is the ideal candidate. The Board realises the group has distinct challenges in certain areas of its business. That said, Pat is particularly well qualified to navigate the organisation through demanding times.”

Mr Machray said: “As someone with a long-standing association with ANM Group and indeed the agricultural industry, I am honoured by the Board’s support.

“I understand the challenges we face and am fortunate to have an extremely talented group of people whom I have known for a number of years around me in my new role.

“I firmly believe the business has an exceptionally bright future and recognise my main priority will be delivering outstanding service to our customers and members.”