Board

Steven Carden – Chairman & Co-founder

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Steven Carden – Chairman & Co-founder

Before his recent move to Managing Director of the NZX listed Delegat Group, Steven was the CEO of Pamu for 7 years where he transformed the State-Owned Enterprise into one of the country’s most dynamic vertically-integrated food businesses. Previously, Steven spent 3 years as GM PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia. He has worked for McKinsey in New York covering a wide range of industries. He is a former director of FarmIQ, the country’s leading farm software company. Steven holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a LLB/BA from the University of Auckland.

Steve Saunders

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Steve Saunders

Owner and Board Chairman of Robotics Plus Ltd, Steve has over 28 years of experience and expertise in the NZ horticulture industry across many disciplines including growing, financial management, innovation, new product to market, export of horticultural products and project management. He was an early investor in Rockit Apples, on whose board he sits.

Paul Blackwell

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Paul Blackwell

Paul was the owner/operator of New Zealand’s largest and most successful PaknSave, Albany PaknSave. Paul was also on the board of Foodstuffs New Zealand, subsequent to selling Albany PaknSave, he has invested in other retail chains including Burger King, Starbucks, and Hannahs. Paul brings to 26 Seasons unprecedented consumer and retailer understanding for both New Zealand and international markets.

Al Petrie

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Al Petrie

Al is the former GM of Turners and Growers NZ having spent 20 years involved in sales, marketing, distribution , imports and exports in NZ’s largest horticultural company. Following his T&G career he spent 2 years as the COO of Freshmax NZ, were he restructured and realigned their domestic fresh produce division. He has since been involved in multiple governance roles largely in the food sector. He is currently the chair of Zeafruit Ltd, (the largest domestic marketer of citrus and avocados, vertically integrated with orchards and pack houses) and is on the board of Turners Automotive Group, Director of the Darling Group, the third largest avocado business and advisor to Foodchain, one of New Zealand's largest food service businesses.

Graham Lawrence

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Graham Lawrence

Graham is a Director of The Advisory Group which provides business advisory services to companies seeking capital and expanding internationally. Graham has over 20 years working with growing businesses and work side by side in expanding them internationally. Graham is on the advisory boards of a number of businesses and recently assisted with the sale of Etec Crop Solutions to UPL and the sale of Foodbox to the Produce Company.