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Rabobank announces new appointments to 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.

“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 very important grains and oilseeds sector,” he said.

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

Part of global specialist food and agribusiness banking cooperative Rabobank Group, Rabobank Australia 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, who is based in Orange in the Central West of New South Wales, 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 NSW’s Central West, 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.

Image: Cheryl Kalisch Gordon