Industry association thanks Darren Keating for six years of service, begins search for replacement

Darren Keating has resigned as chief executive of International Fresh Produce Association Australia-New Zealand (IFPA A-NZ).

Darren Keating joined IFPA A-NZ (formerly PMA A-NZ) in 2016

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Keating will finish up in February (2023). He has served in the role since 2016.

“Through this time, we have seen challenges such as food safety outbreaks and the need to pivot the business during the global pandemic,” said IFPA A-NZ chairman Richard Byllaardt in an update to IFPA A-NZ members.

“Looking more to the positives, Darren was integral in making Hort Connections the success that it is today and the transition from PMA A-NZ to IFPA A-NZ all the while ensuring that the local team effectively executes the global strategic plan in the ANZ region by connecting members with the ideas, opportunities and connections that can help grow their business.

“Myself and whole IFPA A-NZ board are very appreciative for all the hard work that Darren has contributed over the last six years, and we will miss having him on the team.”

The IFPA A-NZ board has started its search for a replacement chief executive.