The Board of the newly established Kiwifruit Breeding Centre has announced the appointment of Dr Matt Glenn as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer. The Kiwifruit Breeding Centre is a 50/50 joint venture between Plant & Food Research and Zespri.
Kiwifruit Breeding Centre Chairman Michael Ahie says the appointment of Dr Glenn followed an extensive recruitment search, and the Board is pleased to secure a candidate with such strong leadership qualities and experience.
“Dr Glenn really impressed the Board not only with his experience but also his vision for how the Kiwifruit Breeding Centre can lead the world in kiwifruit breeding,” says Ahie. “We know Dr Glenn also brings strong leadership from the roles he’s held previously, which include executive and leadership roles at Hill Laboratories, Robotics Plus and Quayside Holdings - the commercial investment arm of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. We’re really looking forward to working with Dr Glenn, and to beginning work at the Kiwifruit Breeding Centre on 1 October.”