SAOS Chief Executive Announces Intention to Step Down

SAOS is recruiting for a new Chief Executive after James Graham informed the Board that he wishes to step down from the role in 2019, after almost 21 years in post.

Mark Clark, Chairman of SAOS and Managing Director of Grampian Growers, said: “Thanks to James, SAOS has a unique culture that embraces innovation, and he has attracted and retained an exceptional staff team. Over his tenure, the organisation has built on its core values of co-operation and collaboration, securing lead roles in supply chain development and the development of ScotEID, Scotland’s livestock traceability system. At the same time, SAOS’ strategic support and training services for agricultural co-ops have stepped up substantially.”

Mr Clark added: “James leaves SAOS in excellent shape for his successor and we now begin the search for that person. We’re looking for an action-orientated, strategic thinker, who is commercially-minded, practical and motivated to lead innovation in the industry. They will need to demonstrate that they can lead the strong SAOS team, and exert influence at this formative time for agricultural, food industry and rural policies.”

James Graham SAOS CEOJames will continue to champion and influence the case for agricultural co-operation and supply chain collaboration in Scotland Food & Drink strategies and in government policies. He commented: “After a challenging, but rewarding, 20 years, it’s time for someone else to take lead responsibility at SAOS, but I look forward to supporting my successor in any way I can.”

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