Stockyard Beef, a leading name in the Australian beef industry is proud to mark its 65th anniversary this year. The journey, which began with Robin and Del managing a 200 head cattle feedlot, has evolved into a thriving vertically-integrated business today, with over 70 dedicated team members caring for approximately 25,000 cattle across breeding properties and feedlot operations.
After 37 years being instrumental in Stockyard’s growth, including 13 years as Stockyard’s Managing Director, Lachie Hart has announced a leadership transition. Lachie will step aside as Managing Director to assume the role of Chair of the Stockyard Group, focusing on the strategic direction of the company.
In this new capacity, Lachie will continue to drive the Group’s overall direction from the Board, ensuring growth potential is realised while upholding the core family values that define Stockyard.
This has created an opportunity for a Chief Executive Officer, and the Stockyard Group Board are pleased to announce, from 15 January 2024, Lisa Sharp who is currently General Manager of Marketing and Innovation and former Non-Executive Director, will take on this role.
Lisa has held numerous leadership positions in the Australian red meat industry in recent years, including CEO of Herefords Australia and Chief Marketing Officer of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), responsible for the global marketing of Australian beef, industry corporate affairs and the industry’s production data and market insights. Prior to her time in the red meat industry, Lisa held leadership and management roles with several branded-goods businesses including Coca Cola, SPC Ardmona, Kraft Foods (Mondelez), Uncle Tobys (Nestle) and PZ Cussons. She has extensive experience across retail and food service channels in Australia and key export markets.
The Stockyard executive leadership team, comprising of David Clark (General Manager of Sales), Angela Kull (Chief Financial Officer), and Marcus Doumany (General Manager of Livestock Operations), will work collaboratively under Lisa’s guidance. Their combined expertise spans breeding operations, lot feeding, processing, distribution, marketing and sales, finance, and corporate governance.
While the titles will change, Stockyard emphasises that it will remain a family owned and operated business, dedicated to sustainably and an unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Stockyard proudly claims the mantle of Australia’s Most Awarded Beef Brand with 21 awards collected just this year alone.
“This is an exciting time for us at Stockyard,” said Lachie Hart. “I am looking forward to working closely with Lisa and her leadership team to grow our people, our brand and our business to fulfil our purpose of creating inspiration, enjoyment, and memories for consumers around the world.”