Management Team

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Ian Coventry

Chief Executive Officer

Ian was appointed CEO in August 2015 following previous roles as OPAC’s Commercial Manager and Grower Services Manager. Ian is a qualified accountant and in his previous roles oversaw OPAC’s financial, IT and strategic planning processes as well as key areas of grower liaison and administration of the grower pools.

Ian has first-hand knowledge of the industry’s grower oriented structures, gained from personal experience as an OPAC grower, as well as bringing previous experience from senior financial roles in the pulp and paper, forestry, research, and education sectors.

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Charlie Lintott

Executive Assistant

Charlie joinged OPAC in January 2021 as an Executive Assistant. Previously working in a vast range of Executive Assistant type roles, she joins us with many years of experience. 

Charlie will support our OPAC Management Team and is the point of contact for Shareholders and client enquiries.

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John Anderson

Chief Finance Officer

John manages the finance team and is secretary to the Board. John joined OPAC in October 2018. John is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  

John has many years of senior financial management experience in a range of different industries including utilities, construction, health and retail.

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Rona Simanu

People & Capability Manager

Rona has over 20 years human resource and change management experience across public sector, entertainment, banking and professional services. Originally from Kawerau, Rona ran his own management consultancy in Auckland before moving back to the Eastern Bay of Plenty to join OPAC. 

Rona oversees human resources and health and safety.

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Jasper Heijtel

Information Technology Manager

Jasper has over 20 years of IT and management experience across public as well as private sector. Jasper moved with his family from the Netherlands to New Zealand in 2016 and joined OPAC January 2020. 

Main focus for Jasper in his role as Information Technology Manager will be ensuring OPAC’s IT Infrastructure and Information Management processes are further developed utilising the latest technology available within the Kiwi Fruit industry.

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Eugene Beneke

Grower and Commercial Manager

Eugene has a background spanning supply chain, business development and relationship management, with much of his experience working with primary industry partners including kiwifruit, apples and wine.

Eugene's role is to lead our Grower focussed teams providing technical support, orchard maintenance, spraying and harvest services to our supplying growers.

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Jessie Collier

Supply Chain Manager

After spending 6 years in Australia, Jessie joined OPAC in late 2019 as the Supply Chain Manager.  She previously worked at OPAC in Post Harvest from 2005 to 2012, after this she worked in China on new cultivars projects for Zespri.

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Jackson Edwards

Logistics & Assets Manager

Jackson joined OPAC in 2016 as Production manager before taking on the role of Logistics and Assets Manager at the end of 2019. Previous to this he worked for Linfox Logistics on a 3PL contract with Lion Breweries where he managed a number of secondments in the business from Warehousing to Inventory, eventually taking a lead operations role. 

Securing a role here at OPAC has given him the opportunity to return home closer to family and contribute to the local community.

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Rameez Khan

Production Manager

Rameez joined OPAC as the production manager in 2020. Rameez has over 10 years experience in Production environments over several different industries. 

He is learning quickly about the dynamic nature of Kiwifruit.