NAB appoints new State agri heads

Our message to farmers is that if they’re ready for more in 2014, we’re here and ready for them

KHAN Horne has 'nabbed' key staff for newly-created roles leading agribusiness in the States and Territories.

National Australia Bank (NAB) Agribusiness has doubled its senior leadership team, creating three roles as head of agribusiness for NSW-ACT, Queensland and the Northern Territory and South Australia and Western Australia.

Mr Horne, NAB Agribusiness general manager, said the additional positions will enable key leadership staff to spend more time on the ground with clients and support to the growing number of bankers in the regions.

Geoff Rose, who has been with NAB for 12 years, has been appointed to the NSW-ACT position.

“Geoff’s appointment is part of our plan to have more staff out in the field with a solid understanding of farmers’ operations and plans for the future,” Mr Horne said.

Mr Rose said he is looking forward to leading the NSW-ACT team of more than 140 people in 42 locations.

"There are great opportunities ahead for Australian agribusinesses, such as the rapid growth in demand for high quality and safe produce in Asia," Mr Rose said.

"Our message to farmers is that if they’re ready for more in 2014, we’re here and ready for them."

Mr Rose studied at Hawkesbury Agricultural College in Richmond and worked on properties in northern NSW before a stint as a grain trader and joining the NAB team.

John Avent will take up the Queensland and the Northern Territory role after most recently working for NAB Asia, based in Tokyo and working across Asia.

“This extensive experience in both our home market and abroad will be a great benefit to our clients,” Mr Horne said.

Mr Avent will lead a team of more than 130 people in 29 locations across Queensland and the Northern Territory. He has 26 years of experience in the banking industry, including 12 years at NAB.

Matt O’Dea, who started his banking career with NAB as a junior in Clare, has been appointed to the new position for South Australia and Western Australia.

Mr O’Dea said he is looking forward to leading the SA and WA team of 102 people in nearly 25 locations across the two states.

“I am really excited by the new role, which will allow us to build on the synergy between SA and WA and work more closely together to assist our existing and new clients reach their goals,” Mr O’Dea said.

“Both SA and WA have had relatively strong cropping seasons. This may provide producers with a chance to look at different options, including debt reduction, Farm Management Deposits, new equipment or even expansion if appropriate.

“Over recent weeks I’ve been hitting the road to spend time with clients and bankers across the two states and I look forward to meeting more farmers as I continue to do so.”

During his career Mr O’Dea has worked across Australia and most commodities.

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