Paul Thompson was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Select Harvests in July 2012 through to 3 March 2023. He led the development of a strong safety culture and successfully transitioned Select Harvests into one of the world’s leading fully integrated almond agribusinesses. During this time, the company increased the planted almond area from 3,536HA to 9,262HA and undertook significant sale and leaseback transactions to develop over 3,000HA of greenfield almond orchards plus acquired nine almond orchards. The market capitalization increased from $70m to over $500m.
Paul’s career includes experience in FMCG, industrial B2B, and agribusiness sectors. He has a strong knowledge of corporate governance, capital markets, and international commodity trading. He has been a Board Member of the Almond Board of Australia, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and the Australian Industry Group.
Paul is known for his collaborative and inclusive leadership style and his innovative thinking. He believes the leadership foundations are a common purpose, recognition and ongoing communication.