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WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group appointed Kevin Boyle as new chief executive officer (CEO) for its oats milling and processing subsidiary Blue Lake Milling (BLM). 

Boyle will start Aug. 20, succeeding Ben Abbot who stepped down last month. 

Boyle brings more than 20 years’ experience in manufacturing from the consumer goods, defense and automotive sectors. He has improved safety outcomes, increased operational efficiency, built strong customer relationships, developed successful long-term business strategies and driven strong commercial outcomes.  

BLM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBH and a manufacturer of premium Australian oat products with operations in South Australia and Victoria. Its head office is in Bordertown, South Australia. 

Boyle’s appointment comes as BLM starts operations of its new 60,000-tonne oat processing facility at CBH’s Metro Grain Centre in Forrestfield, Western Australia, following a successful commissioning process.

The new facility will enable BLM to service a growing export demand for oat products. 

Jimmy Wilson, CBH’s CEO, thanked Abbot for his work in the transition of BLM to a CBH company following its acquisition in 2015, and congratulated Boyle on his appointment. 

“BLM is an important investment for CBH and as such we want to make sure we have the best available person to lead the business and continue to grow opportunities within domestic and international oat product markets,” Wilson said. “Kevin’s experience in implementing lean operating processes and continuous improvement practices, as well as developing high performing teams, will position him well to lead the BLM team.”