AFTER more than seven years with one of the world's largest exporters, Wellard Group Middle East general manager Harold Sealy has resigned.
Mr Sealy has more than 16 years experience in the livestock industry and was one of the live export industry's key spokesmen.
He was appointed chairman of the WA Livestock Exporters Association (WALEA) just 10 months ago.
Wellard chief executive officer Mauro Balzarini said Mr Sealy had left a large footprint on Wellard.
"Harold helped establish our sheep breeding operation, overhauled the operations of our Baldivis feedlot and helped to establish a regular sheep trade to China, as well as professionally managing our Middle East operations," Mr Balzarini said.
"Due to a range of external factors our activity in the Middle East has reduced over the past couple of years.
"As a result, Harold decided that he wanted a new challenge, a role I know he will perform with professionalism and enthusiasm."
Mr Sealy will take up a position with a company seeking to develop its agricultural business throughout WA, so there will also be a changing of the guard at WALEA next month.
After being named the association's new chairman in November, Mr Sealy told Farm Weekly he would also be resigning from his position as WALEA chairman at the annual general meeting in September.
Mr Sealy's duties at Wellard will be shared between Middle East operations manager Tim O'Donnell, Meat Processing and Trading general manager Kel Whitehouse and Baldivis Feedlot manager Paul Gault.