Jason has more than 25 years experience across the beef supply chain, and brings significant industry knowledge, commercial experience and strategic marketing capabilities to Smithfield. He joined AACo in 2012 from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) where he was Regional Manager Europe with responsibility for Marketing and Business development in the European and Russian markets for the Australian red meat industry. Prior to the MLA appointment in Europe, Jason was Head of New Market Development for Pfizer Animal Genetics, a role that started in sales and operations for bio tech start up Catapult Genetics that included business development and market expansion in Australia, North and South America and Europe.
Jason played a key role in the development and implementation of Australia’s meat grading system – Meat Standards Australia. During this time he developed an extensive knowledge of meat retailing through an involvement in high quality Brisbane butcher shops. Jason has been actively involved in broader industry activities as a past Chairman and Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and one of the drivers behind the establishment and development of the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program.
Director – Chief Operations Officer
Jason has previously been awarded the Young Lot Feeder of the Year by the Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) and later went on to the ALFA executive board. Jason is recognised nationally as a leader in the beef cattle industry and is regularly invited to speak at industry seminars, conferences and strategy sessions.
Director – Chief Investment Officer
Andrew has held committee positions with the Property Council of Australia, the Property Funds Association of Australia and was previously appointed to the Australian Government’s Financial Services Working Group, which was tasked with the overhaul of parts of Australia’s financial services laws. Andrew has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as a Leading Individual in the field of Investment Funds in Australia. Andrew now combines his legal and investment funds experience to help manage Smithfield’s corporate growth.
Director – Operations Manager Feedlots
Don has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science from the University of Queensland. After leaving university Don spent 12 years with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) working on the development and implementation of quality assurance systems in the meat processing sector. Don joined Smithfield in 2000 and has been integral in the development of both Smithfield and Sapphire Feedlot, leading them to be one of Australia’s largest feedlot operations. Don is a Nuffield Farming Scholar which required him to undertake extensive overseas research in his chosen field of study. He has since served on that organisations national board and was the State Chairman for Queensland from 2012 to 2015.