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Management Team

Jim Leighton

CEO & Managing Director

US food industry veteran Jim Leighton was appointed as CEO and Managing Director on 18 October 2018.

Jim is a deeply experienced leader in the Protein and Poultry arena, with a valuable blend of commercial and operations functional expertise and a reputation for building capability and scaling operations to support business growth.

Prior to his role at Ingham’s, Jim was President and Founder of 40North Foods which was a start-up venture backed by the global company Pilgrims Pride and JBS and currently serves on the Board of Aryzta, a €3.4 billion*, public, global specialty baking business head quartered in Europe.

* Aryzta Annual Report 2018. Available hereOpens in new window

Quinton Hildebrand

Chief Commercial Officer

Quinton joined Ingham’s in November 2015 as Operations Excellence Director and was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in March 2017. Quinton brings 23 years’ commercial experience in grower relations, manufacturing operations, commodity trading and marketing from South Africa, Europe and Australia. Prior to joining Ingham’s Quinton was CEO of Mackay Sugar.

Ian Brannan

Chief Financial Officer

Ian joined Ingham’s in May 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Ian has 25 years’ senior management experience in public and private companies in Australia, the US and the UK. He has held senior financial roles with Sara Lee Bakery, Arnott’s Biscuits and Campbell Soup and most recently was CFO for GWA Group Limited and prior to that Carter Holt Harvey Building Supplies Group. Ian also serves as secretary and director on a number of Ingham’s companies.

Janelle Cashin

Chief Operating Officer

Janelle joined Ingham’s in 2004 following its acquisition of Chickadee Foods and joined the executive leadership team in 2008. Janelle was appointed Chief Operating Officer in March 2017 and is responsible for Ingham’s Australian operations, spanning farming, primary and further processing and supply chain. Janelle has previously been responsible for Ingham’s supply chain and further processing operations.

Jonathan Gray


Jonathan joined Ingham’s in 2008 as Retail Sales Manager for Ingham’s Enterprises NZ before moving into the National Sales Manager position in 2010. In October 2015, he was promoted to executive leader of the Sales division based in Sydney and in February 2016 also took over the Marketing division. Jonathan has extensive experience in retail sales in the UK, NZ and Australia and has held senior positions with Countdown Supermarkets and Marks and Spencer.

Andrew Leighton

Strategy & Business Development

Andrew joined Ingham’s in July 2018 from Norske Skog Australasia where he served as Regional President. During this period Andrew also served as Vice Chairman of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and a member of the Federal Government’s Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC). Prior to his role as Regional President, Andrew held senior roles in sales, marketing, logistics and business development with Norske Skog in Australia and Canada. Andrew also has extensive experience in FMCG sales and brand management with HJ Heinz and Nestle.

Omega Abaldonado

People and Performance

Omega joined Ingham’s in March 2016 as Group Remuneration Manager and was appointed General Manager People & Performance in July 2017. Omega brings more than 15 years’ experience in human resources and learning and development with companies in the IT and telecommunications industry including Unisys and Telstra. Her responsibilities include remuneration, diversity and inclusion, talent management and performance management across Ingham’s Australia and New Zealand network.

Julia Seddon

Corporate Affairs

Julia joined Ingham’s in 2000 and assumed her current role in March 2017. Julia is responsible for Ingham’s investor relations, corporate communications, public affairs, business sustainability and the environment. Prior to this appointment, Julia was Head of Business Sustainability at Ingham’s leading its sustainability agenda and managing the company’s environmental systems, water stewardship and business risk programs.

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