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Appointment of chairman to Australian dried fruits corporation



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MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY CANBERRA

PI 85/9 1 February 1985

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN TO AUSTRALIAN DRIED FRUITS CORPORATION

The Minister for Primary Industry, John Kerin, anounced today that he had appointed Mr Ernest Barr of Brighton, Victoria, as Chairman of the Australian Dried Fruits Corporation for a second term of three years.

The Corporation is concerned in particular with promotion and control of export and distribution overseas, and with encouragement of consumption overseas, of Australian dried fruits.

Mr Kerin said that since his original appointment as Chairman on 18 February 1982, Mr Barr has made a valuable contribution to the formation and implementation of the Corporation's policies.

Mr Barr, 56, has had a distinguished business career and was for many years a high level executive in the HJ Heinz group of companies, culminating in his appointment as Area Director - Pacific in 1979, a post he held until his retirement from the

group in May 1983. He currently holds directorships in several enterprises.

Mr Barr has also been Visiting Fellow at the School of Business Administration, Melbourne University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and was Vice-President of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Management from 1973 to

1975.

Mr Kerin said that he was very pleased to re-appoint Mr Barr as Chairman of the Australian Dried Fruits Corporation.

"The dried fruits industry has been experiencing considerable financial difficulties, caused to a significant degree by increasing complexity of marketing overseas, where two-thirds of the Australian production must be sold," Mr Kerin said.

"The outlook for exporting over the next three years is for continuing market complexity, and Mr Barr's ability, wide experience and leadership will be most valuable to the Corporation and the industry in meeting and overcoming this challenge," the Minister said.

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