Ian Coventry will be appointed OPAC’s chief executive following the decision of managing director Craig Thompson to stand down at the end of August 2015. The announcements were made at Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage Limited’s annual shareholders meeting on Friday 8 May in Ohope. Thompson says it is an ideal time for a change in leadership at OPAC, while he takes the opportunity to focus more time on other interests.
“When I took on the chief executive role 11 years ago, I set myself the goal of forming a team at OPAC that would provide industry-leading results while building strong and enduring links with growers, shareholders and the wider industry,” says Thompson. “While I trust my contribution has helped OPAC achieve its current performance, I know I am leaving OPAC in the secure hands of a very capable management team, and with great pleasure I announce that the OPAC board have appointed Ian Coventry as OPAC’s new chief executive starting 1 September 2015.
“As OPAC’s commercial manager, Ian has already made a major contribution to OPAC’s business and the wider kiwifruit industry. He has a long professional association with OPAC, including managing his own kiwifruit orchard, as well as being a grower representative to NZKGI,” says Thompson.
Coventry says he is looking forward to his new role at OPAC. “OPAC is going through an exciting growth phase as our industry rebuilds production,” he says. “2015 will be our biggest year ever for gold kiwifruit, and we expect the high-value SunGold will be our largest single variety by 2016. This means we will be undertaking large-scale developments at our Factory Road site in Opotiki to meet strong demand for our services from our current grower clients, and from the wider grower community,” says Coventry.
Thompson will continue his association with OPAC in a governance role, remaining a director on the OPAC board, as well as on the boards of OPAC’s associate companies, while also focusing on his own business interests and involvement in wider industry roles.
“I would like to thank and acknowledge the support I have received from both within the OPAC team and across the industry, and I am sure that Ian will receive the same support in his new role as OPAC’s chief executive,” says Thompson.