April 8, 2016 – Executive search firm NGS Global has launched a new agribusiness recruiting practice. The business will consist of partner Melissa Oszustowicz in the Americas, managing director Richard Crux in Europe, managing partner Julian Buckeridge in Asia, and managing partner Grant Nichol in Australia.
Agribusinesses worldwide face a host of challenges as they navigate the complicated job of feeding the growing world population. Search firms, generally, see their entry into the industry as an opportunity to expand their service sector platform offerings, while tapping their talent networks to identify executives with business, science, and political skills in addition to finding agriculture-pure professionals.
“I’m excited to be leading the charge into agribusiness for NGS Global in the Americas,” said Ms. Oszustowicz. “As a former chief executive officer for an agricultural risk management company serving private and public clients in the U.S. and Pacific Rim, I have a thorough understanding of what it takes to successfully operate an agribusiness.”
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NGS Global chairman David Nosal said his firm’s entry into the agribusiness industry was an easy one, since many of its partners have experience in both the operations and executive recruitment side of the sector. “We believe this is a differentiator for NGS Global and will provide even more value to our clients,” he said.
“Increasingly, owners of agribusinesses are becoming more receptive to looking outside their family as they come to terms with the fact that the younger generation has little interest in running farms,” said Ms. Oszustowicz. “As succession planning begins, owners — especially of large-scale operations — realize that they must have people in place to manage the business if it is to remain viable for the future generation. This new condition has led to the need for experienced agribusiness executives,” she said.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media