Leanne Erakovic to succeed Jim Pekin at peak body for Australian banana growers

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has appointed Leanne Erakovic as its new chief executive.

Erakovic joined ABGC in 2015 and served as the peak body’s executive officer prior to being named CEO.

“We had a very strong field of highly experienced applicants to choose from and Leanne is an outstanding choice for this role,” said BGC chair Stephen Lowe.

“Leanne brings a wealth of experience from both working with the ABGC for the past six years and her business background. We are confident she has the expertise and vision to lead the ABGC and the banana industry into the future.”

Erakovic will assume her new role on 17 November. She succeeds Jim Pekin, who has led the ABGC over the past 11 years.

“The ABGC is in great shape and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with growers, many of whom I already know, and staff to ensure the ABGC continues to deliver outcomes that will improve the sustainability and profitability of the banana industry well into the future,” Erakovic said.

“Over the past six years I have been an active advocate for banana growers in my role as executive officer and I look forward to continuing this close relationship with all growers and industry at large.”