WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group announced on April 4 a new deputy chairman of the board, Clancy Michael.

Michael replaces Wally Newman, who has been deputy chairman since May 2008 and will remain on the board as one of two member-elected directors for District 4.

Newman said he had chosen not to renominate for the position as, after four years, it was an appropriate time to provide the opportunity for another director to take on the deputy chairman role. Neil Wandel continues as chairman of the CBH board.

Michael was elected to the CBH board in 2008, is a member of the board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Additionally Michael is the current chairman of the Grower Group Alliance, an organization set up to develop effective information channels between farmer groups and research organizations.   Michael has farmed in the Midwest for more than 30 years and continues to farm at Mingenew.

“Newman has long been a champion of the co-operative business model and played a significant role in the board’s decision last year to remain a co-operative with a modernized constitution that will enable us to return value to growers in the way they value most,” Wandel said. “As a result of the decision to remain a cooperative, CBH is now uniquely positioned to maintain its strong, grower-focus in a very dynamic and competitive environment, and I look forward to continuing to work with Newman, our new deputy chairman, and the rest of the board to consolidate and build on this position.”