Thainstone chief executive appointed

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LEADING North-east businessman Patrick Machray is the ANM Group’s new chief executive officer.

Mr Machray steps up with immediate effect from his current position as board member.

Former CEO, Alan Craig, has left the business to pursue other opportunities. ANM Group said they fully recognised the enormous effort and commitment Mr Craig had invested in the organisation.

ANM Group chairman John McIntosh said: “We recognise the business, and indeed the industry, is operating in an extremely challenging environment and have appointed Mr Machray in this role to guide us through this demanding period.”

Mr Machray has held a number of high profile senior positions including chief executive of independent chartered accountants and business advisors, Johnston Carmichael, and chairman of Scottish Enterprise Grampian.

He will continue to serve as chairman of the Scottish Agricultural College’s finance and general purposes committee.

Mr Machray said: “As someone with a long-standing association with ANM Group and indeed the agricultural industry, I am honoured by the Board’s support.

“I understand the challenges we face and am fortunate to have an extremely talented group of people whom I have known for a number of years around me in my new role.

“I firmly believe the business has an exceptionally bright future and recognise my main priority will be delivering outstanding service to our customers and members.”