October 06, 2015
McLeod brings Maori connections to Sanford board
Former Maori fisheries commissioner Rob McLeod is to join the board of Sanford as New Zealand's largest listed fishing group seeks to get closer to Maori.
Mr McLeod, who chairs accounting and business services firm EY New Zealand, is a former chair of Sealord Group and Aotearoa Fisheries Group.
Sanford says his involvement will allow Sanford to collaborate more close with major Maori fishing groups, which is needed to level an uneven playing field where foreign companies are supported by their countries of origin or have other advantages not available to local firms.
Opportunities for collaboration include the technology shift to the new precision seafood harvesting method of sustainable fishing.
Sanford has pared back its operations in the past year, closing an unprofitable mussel processing factory in Christchurch, and last month announced plans to exit the Pacific tuna business, putting the unit's fleet up for sale.
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