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Fertoz appoints Ron Wilkinson to board as non-executive director

Wilkinson is a qualified chemical engineer with previous roles including president of Agrium Inc's wholesale business unit.
Fertoz is an organic phosphate development company

Fertoz Ltd (ASX:FTZ) has appointed experienced North American fertiliser executive Ron Wilkinson to its board as a non-executive director.

Wilkinson's skill set will assist the organic phosphate development company in the expansion of its sales network and in market penetration.



Fertoz executive chairman Patrick Avery said: “We are pleased to announce that Ron Wilkinson, a well-known senior executive in the fertiliser industry in North America, has been able to join our growing organic phosphate business.

“Ron is a chemical engineer and was a senior executive at Agrium for 20 years, responsible for wholesale production and sales of Agrium’s fertiliser products into the USA and Canada.

“As president of Agrium's wholesale business unit he had direct P&L responsibility for annual revenues of more than US$4 billion with annual sales of 8 million tonnes primarily into North American markets.”

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Avery said that since 2018 Ron had been on the board of Itafos Ltd, a conventional phosphate fertiliser company with operations in the USA and Brazil and additional phosphate deposits in Brazil, Peru, Africa and the USA.

Wilkinson said: “I am very pleased to join the Fertoz board and support the company’s development in the organic phosphate space in North America.

“This is a rapidly growing marketing segment that is starting to attract the attention of the major fertiliser distributors in the USA and Canada.

“The Fertoz strategy of securing well-known and extensive distribution partners, co-locating product proximate to organic farming hubs and accessing markets with multiple growing seasons per year will pay off in the long run and I am keen to assist the growth of the company.”

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Wilkinson joined Agrium in 1996 in logistics before moving to on to vice president marking and operations for Agrium’s South American joint venture with YPF SA.

He moved back to Canada in 2001 to take on roles relating to market development operations and spent 2004 to 2015 as president of the wholesale business unit for Agrium before taking on the role of advisor to the chief executive officer in 2016.

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