Silver Fern Farms appoints Boulton as chief executive

Dan Boulton. Photo: supplied
Dan Boulton. Photo: supplied
Silver Fern Farms’ chief supply chain officer Dan Boulton has been appointed to the meat company’s top job, and will take over as chief executive next year.

Yesterday, the company announced the appointment, adding incumbent chief executive Simon Limmer would stay in the role until early February, when Mr Boulton took over.

In September, Silver Fern Farms announced Mr Limmer was stepping down after five and a-half years in the role and it was later confirmed he was joining wine producer and exporter Indevin Group.

Mr Boulton has been with the company for more than six and a-half years. He has previously held roles in the seafood, horticulture and forestry industries.

In a statement, Silver Fern Farms co-chairman Rob Hewett said the recruitment process was extensive and attracted a range of candidates.

"We are fortunate to have been able to consider many high-calibre candidates for the role, including some from overseas.

"However, the board felt that not only does Dan already have a breadth of understanding of the business, he is also the right person to lead the company through the current challenges in market and continue the company’s momentum," Mr Hewett said.

Mr Boulton was excited about taking on the challenge and, despite the current market conditions, was optimistic about the opportunities ahead for the company and its farmers.

"I know from my current role that all our partners across our supply chain are hurting at present. However, this is a moment in time, and I’m confident Silver Fern Farms’ focus on executing its strategy and managing cost will see the company and our partners recover strongly," he said.