[16 March/The Country]

Silver Fern Farm’s Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton, said his four years at the company had flown and that the company is one that drags you in. He announced his decision to resign last July, and Simon Limmer who was previously Zespri International’s Chief Operating Officer will take over the role in the next month. Mr Hamilton added that he went into the role knowing he could lead the business to where it needed to go. The company achieved a significant recapitalisation through the $260 million investment by Shanghai Maling under his leadership. He noted that he still had two children living at home and wanted to spend more time with his family. Mr Hamilton said that he enjoyed his role at Silver Fern Farms, but was not looking for a similar CEO role elsewhere