Sam Brown appointed as inaugural CEO

Sam Brown appointed as inaugural CEO

15-Jul-2021 · Sydney, Australia

Agricultural Innovation Australia Ltd (AIA) has today announced the appointment of Mr Sam Brown as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

AIA Chair, Mr Bernie Brookes AM, said that Mr Brown’s appointment was a crucial step for AIA following the Board appointments in April 2021.

“This role requires a unique skill set – an understanding of the big, cross-sectoral agricultural challenges that need to be solved, along with the ability to successfully attract and manage commercial and non-commercial investors and partners,” Mr Brookes said.

“The Board is confident that Sam will deliver on all fronts and drive AIA to become an effective innovation catalyst for Australian agriculture.”

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Mr Brown has extensive knowledge and experience of agricultural value chains, with a career spanning red meat, wool, dairy, horticulture, grains and cotton.

As CEO of LiveCorp for the last nine years, Sam led the delivery of research, development, and extension services, as well as raised the international profile of Australia’s livestock export industry.

Born and raised on a mixed farming operation in New South Wales, he also brings a deep appreciation of the producer/grower perspective.

Sam has a proven track record of strategic leadership, developing and capitalising on global opportunities to deliver impact and benefit for Australian agriculture. With his skills, experience and understanding of the sector, he is a natural fit for AIA, Mr Brookes said.

Mr Brown said he is looking forward to working with the AIA Board to enable more effective collaboration and coordination of existing and new investment across agricultural industries.

Having grown up on the land, I am passionate about supporting Australian agriculture. I am proud that I will be able to lead an organisation that will drive transformational innovation for the agriculture, fisheries and forestry value chains.

Mr Brown will transition into the CEO role over the next few months.


Sarah Castellanos Senior Manager - Marketing and Investor Relations ph: 0429 988 174