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Grains gains – Rabobank announces new appointments to Oceania research team



Agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank has announced the appointment of two new analysts to its Food & Agribusiness research team.

Cheryl Kalisch Gordon has joined in the position of Senior Grains and Oilseeds Analyst, with Wes Lefroy commencing as an Agricultural Analyst covering grains and oilseeds and farm inputs.

General Manager of RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Tim Hunt said the new appointments were an excellent complement to the bank’s research capabilities.

Both analysts would be located in Australia, but also provide analysis on grains and oilseeds to Rabobank’s New Zealand clients.

“The addition of both Cheryl and Wes to the research team ensures we are well positioned to continue to provide a great depth and breadth of high-quality research coverage to our clients in the grains and oilseeds sector,” he said.

“Cheryl is a highly-regarded grains industry analyst and economist, who brings extensive experience in the G&O sector to the bank, while Wes’s knowledge and experience particularly in soil technology rounds out our grains and oilseeds research capabilities.”

Part of global specialist food and agribusiness banking cooperative Rabobank Group, Rabobank New Zealand is one of the country’s largest rural lenders and a major provider of corporate and business banking services to the food and agribusiness sector.

The bank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness division is focused on undertaking research into the food and agribusiness sector for the benefit of Rabobank’s clients – including comprehensive reports on sector and commodity outlooks, latest market trends and future industry developments. The local research team is part of a global network of more than 80 analysts across the bank.

Dr Kalisch Gordon has a PHD in Economics and more than 20 years’ experience in grains and agriculture and agribusiness more broadly.

Originally from a cropping farm in the Central West of New South Wales, she has worked as an economist and industry consultant, as well as a lecturer at the University of Sydney.  For the past four years, Dr Kalisch Gordon has been Trade and Economics Manager with industry group GrainGrowers Ltd.

Mr Lefroy, who grew up on a broadacre cropping and sheep farm in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, and is currently completing a Masters in Agribusiness.

Prior to joining Rabobank, where he is based in Sydney, he worked as Technical Manager at Precision SoilTech in Western Australia, focussed on assisting farmers improve input efficiency.

Mr Lefroy was formerly President of AgConnectWA, WA’s young farmer and agri professional group, and was runner up in the 2016 Platinium Primary Producers Group ‘Zanda McDonald Award’.

Dr Kalisch Gordon and Mr Lefroy replace Rabobank’s previous grains and oilseeds analysts Graydon Chong and Ben Larkin, who have moved to other roles within the bank.

Rabobank New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world's leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has nearly 120 years' experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.8 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank New Zealand is one of New Zealand's leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to country's food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 33 branches throughout New Zealand. Rabobank also operates RaboDirect, New Zealand’s first internet-only bank specialising in savings and deposits.

Media contacts:

David Johnston
Marketing & Media Relations Manager
Rabobank New Zealand
Phone: 04 819 2711 or 027 477 8153
Email: david.johnston@rabobank.com


Denise Shaw
Head of Media Relations 
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: +612 8115 2744 or +61 2 439 603 525 
Email: denise.shaw@rabobank.com