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Mackay Sugar Appoints New CEO

Mackay Sugar announced the appointment of a new CEO, following news that Jannik Olejas will return to Europe later this year.   Carl Morton, currently Mackay Sugar’s General Manager Operations, has been successfully appointed as the incoming CEO following an extensive recruitment process that considered applications from across Australia and the world.  
“We - the entire Mackay Sugar Board and Nordzucker Executive Management - are excited to see Carl Morton take on this pivotal leadership role at Mackay Sugar,” said Mackay Sugar Chairman of the Board, Michael Gerloff.  
“Nordzucker Group sees a strong future in the Australian cane sugar business, and it was essential that we appointed someone with in-depth knowledge of our strategy and the way the Nordzucker Group operates, to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of our critical improvement programs,” said Mr Gerloff. 
“We are looking forward to working closely with Carl and his team to further progress the business towards our people, performance and sustainability goals,” Mr Gerloff said. 
Carl Morton brings extensive sugar production experience to the role that will be invaluable in delivering the company’s significant multi-year investment program and furthering the business’s commercial strategy.  
Prior to starting at Mackay Sugar in 2022, Mr Morton has held various leadership positions within Australia’s sugar industry as well as within several manufacturing companies in Australia and New Zealand. 
“I am very proud to have the opportunity to shape and help secure a sustainable future for Mackay Sugar,” said Mr Morton.  
“Our business has a long history in our region and community, and we have so much more ahead of us – I am eager to see ongoing benefits to all stakeholders for decades to come,” he said. 
Mackay Sugar’s outgoing CEO, Jannik Olejas has already commenced a detailed handover with Mr Morton, which will continue towards the end of the year.
“I am very happy that Carl has been successful in securing the CEO role,” said Jannik Olejas. 
“Throughout his time at Mackay Sugar, Carl has consistently demonstrated his capabilities, commitment and commercial mindset, which I know will continue to be an asset for Mackay Sugar and for the Nordzucker Group in his new role,” said Mr Olejas.  

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