WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA — Emerald Group Australia (Emerald), announced recently the appointment of Clifford Ashby as chief financial officer (CFO), a newly created senior role within the group.

Emerald’s Managing Director Mick Cattanach noted this appointment ensures Emerald is well prepared to manage its rapid growth and capitalize further on market opportunities presenting themselves to Emerald.

“Emerald’s appointment of Clifford Ashby as CFO signals the next phase and maturation for the group. This is a direct reflection of the expansion and growth we’ve achieved over the past few years, as well as the enormous opportunity in front of us in the agribusiness sector,” Cattanach said.

In the newly created role of CFO, Ashby will lead Emerald’s finance, accounting, merger and acquisition and administrative functions. With more than 25 years of chief executive officer and financial management experience, Ashby has a successful track record of managing companies for sustainable business expansion.

Ashby has spent the last 20 years in the Australian agribusiness sector most recently as managing director of ASX listed company Clean Seas Tuna Limited (CSS). Prior to that Ashby spent time in both finance and general manager roles within the Costa Group, with his earlier finance training coming from Deloittes and then subsequently at Coopers & Lybrand. He will start his new role with Emerald on Sept. 5.