OSPRI appoints new CEO

Our new Chief Executive Officer, Sam McIvor, will start work in August 2024.

Sam McIvor in a field with cattle

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Sam McIvor.

Sam will be joining OSPRI in August 2024, stepping down from his role of the last eight years as CEO at Beef + Lamb New Zealand and New Zealand Meat Board.

OSPRI Board Chair, Dr Paul Reynolds says OSPRI is thrilled to welcome Sam. "Sam will bring extensive practical and strategic experience and a deep understanding of the agricultural sector to drive OSPRI forward and deliver value to our shareholders, stakeholders and the farming community."

Sam’s role at OSPRI continues a life-long commitment to the agriculture sector. Originally from a hill country sheep and beef farm in the Manawatu, Sam’s career includes involvement with two livestock disease outbreaks and an acting role as General Manager of National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme and Farm Operations at OSPRI.

Sam says he is looking forward to joining OSPRI. "I am honoured to be appointed as the Chief Executive of OSPRI. I am passionate about the work OSPRI does to support New Zealand's primary industries, and I am committed to driving its mission forward with determination and innovation."

As Sam prepares to assume his new role, the OSPRI Board extends its sincerest gratitude to outgoing CEO, Steve Stuart for his exemplary leadership over the past five years.

Steve will step down on 31 May, and an Acting Chief Executive will be appointed to ensure a seamless transition through to August when Sam will begin his tenure.