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Nerida Connors

General Manager - Commercial

OBE Organic

Nerida is an experienced executive manager, business strategy and performance specialist, with extensive experience across several sectors, including agribusiness and food processing.

Nerida’s career commenced in 1996, on completion of her tertiary studies, when she joined her Father, Ian Kennedy A.O., in the family business of Beef Processing. Starting in the role of Domestic Sales Officer, Nerida progressively moved to take on key IT projects, advancing the technology for sales ordering, production and administration of the business. Following this, Nerida transitioned seamlessly into Finance and fast-tracked her way through a number of key roles to take on managing the Finance team.

In 2013, Nerida took on the role of General Manager, Strategy and Support, taking executive level accountability for the Human Resources, Business Performance Analysis and Budgeting, Environment and Facilities functions and providing key strategic advice to the CEO. This role evolved to become Chief Operating Officer, further increasing her responsibilities to include Strategic Corporate Planning and Development, Finance, Operations and Compliance, Procurement, Information Technology and Project Management. In this capacity, she was able to lift her operational experience to the next level, namely, to drive the overall business strategy and achievement of results through her dynamic and responsive leadership, which values people at the front line.

In 2018, Nerida joined the team at OBE in a consulting capacity before being appointed to General Manager – Commercial, September 2019. Nerida provides the business strategic support to improve business performance and is responsible for the leadership of the Finance team.
She has completed her Master of Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Hotel Management (Club & Resort Management).

She is holds memberships with:
• CPA Australia Associate (currently studying to become a full member)
• Golden Key International Honour Society

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