Pāmu Chief Executive Steven Carden will leave the company to take up a role as Managing Director of NZX-listed Delegat Group, Chairman Warren Parker announced today.
Dr Parker thanked Mr Carden for his almost eight years at the helm of New Zealand’s largest farming entity.
“Steve has really driven a forward-looking strategy focused on maximising returns through leveraging our portfolio of assets, investing in innovation, diversifying where this make sense from a land use and consumer perspective, while keeping the core pastoral farming business operating efficiently.
“These changes mean the company is well positioned to grow returns to the shareholder and contribute more to New Zealand’s primary sector by trialling new systems and technologies at scale. All of these achievements have been made on the back of Steve’s work as Chief Executive.
“Steve has also championed the health and safety of staff and Pāmu’s environmental performance, both critical areas for the ongoing success of the agricultural sector,” Dr Parker said.
Mr Carden said he had greatly enjoyed his time at the helm of Pāmu and was proud of the direction the company was taking.
“Along with the reshaping of the company’s strategic direction towards higher value products and land uses, I am proud of the work we have done to improve the health and safety of our people. We have faced into agriculture’s big challenges of improving our environmental performance, but we all acknowledge we have further to go.
“Pāmu is a special and unique New Zealand company. It has a great team of committed peoples who love the farms they are entrusted to run on behalf of the New Zealand people. I want to thank the entire Pamu team, on farm, in the office, and at board level who have supported the work I have led, and made the job such a rewarding one,” Mr Carden said.
Dr Parker said the search for a new Chief Executive will commence immediately. Mr Carden will leave the company in December.
Attached is a photo of Steve Carden
Pāmu is the brand name for Landcorp, a Stated Owned Enterprise, and one of New Zealand’s most innovative farmers and food businesses. It is also the name given to the quality products created by the company. Pāmu is the Māori word ‘to farm’ and reflects the deep connection New Zealanders have with the land, born from respect, and a genuine desire to protect and enhance the environments in which the company works. It’s a proud provenance that stands behind every product bearing the Pāmu name.