Cotton Seed Distributors has appointed James Quinn as the company’s new general manager – growth and development.

Mr Quinn will take up his new role on March 1.

“James brings a wealth of experience to the role, including 15 years at CSD, most recently as the marketing, development and extension lead,” CSD managing director, Peter Graham said.

“In his 25-year career in the cotton industry, James has played an active role in applied research, extension and delivery, and is widely respected for his focus on using research to inform grower productivity.

“James’ appointment will play a critical role in supporting CSD’s continual growth strategy and driving our leadership position in the Australian cotton industry.”

CSD recently embarked on a new strategic plan with a vision of ‘Growing the Australian cotton crop through innovative solutions beyond seed’.

Across six strategic focus areas, the strategic plan lays out a blueprint for the next five years, and sets the foundation for the long-term future of the organisation.

“In particular, we’re focused on further expanding our research and development program and leveraging opportunities to create value through our data and digital platforms,” said Mr Graham.

CSD has also recently appointed a number of new operational staff at its Wee Waa ‘Shenstone’ seed production facilities.

“Seven new employees have already commenced at CSD in 2021, filling roles left vacant during the drought. CSD has a strong focus on succession planning, to ensure that we have a skilled and experienced workforce, ready to meet the challenges of the future,” said Mr Graham.

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