Farmers Mutual Group Appoints Executive Manager
Farmers Mutual Group Appoints New Executive Manager
Farmers’ Mutual Group, New Zealand’s leading rural financial services provider, has appointed a new Executive Manager, Distribution.
Mr Graeme Thomas, who formerly led Farmer’s Mutual Investment Services, will head the Group’s distribution arm and be responsible for the network of Area Offices and local representatives, the Customer Service Centre and the development of the Group’s e-commerce operations.
Farmers’ Mutual Group Chief Executive, Mr Michael Millar says: “Graeme combines considerable experience of the financial services sector with an understanding of the needs of rural communities. This will ensure that Farmers’ Mutual continues to provide those living and working in rural New Zealand with financial services that are specifically tailored to their needs.”
With more than 18 years experience in the industy in marketing and sales management roles, Mr Thomas joined Farmers’ Mutual in August 1998 as Business Development Manager, assisting with the Group’s entry into the Accident Insurance market. Prior to this, he was the Marketing Manager for Wellington based Prudential Assurance.
Mr Thomas succeeds Neil McKechnie, who has retired but who will retain an association with the Group, having agreed to continue as a Trustee and Farmers’ Mutual’s representative on the Rural Communities Trust, of which Farmers’ Mutual is a principal member.
Mr Thomas has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Marketing from Canterbury University.