Board of directors

Bruce Irvine, Andrew Fenton, Duncan Pryor, Brian Gargiulo, Anthony Di Pietro, Mark LoGiudice, Simon Hardie, Dean Gall, Peter Hendry

Brian Gargiulo, MBE

Chairman – Market Gardeners Limited
Chairman – LaManna Premier Group
LPG Chairman, and based in New Zealand, Brian has 30 years of Board experience. Brian was awarded an MBE for services to horticulture in 1986 and is a lifetime Canterbury greenhouse tomato and raspberry grower. Past appointments and directorships include Director of Horticulture NZ, President of the NZ Vegetable and Potato Growers’ Federation, Council Member of Lincoln University Board and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Anthony Di Pietro

Group CEO and Director – LaManna Premier Group
Anthony Di Pietro, Director, is the Group Chief Executive Officer of LaManna Premier Group. Anthony was appointed CEO of the Premier Fruits Group in 2003, and appointed the Group CEO in July 2016 following the merger of LaManna Bananas and Premier Fruits Group. Anthony is also the Chairman of Melbourne Victory Football Club (MVFC) competing in Australia’s elite national football competition, the Hyundai A-League.

Duncan Pryor

Chief Financial Officer – Market Gardeners Limited
Secretary to the Board – LaManna Premier Group
Duncan joined Market Gardeners(MG) Limited in 1996 as company accountant, having previously been an Audit Manager with Deloitte. In the same year he took on the role of Company Secretary and subsequently was appointed Chief Financial Officer.

Dean Gall

Chief Operating Officer – LaManna Premier Group
Dean Gall joined the Group in 2003 during which time he has held a diverse range of responsibilities across many areas and functions of the business. In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Dean is responsible for Business Unit performance, and has Executive responsibilities across key accounts and the strategic development of LPG core product categories.

Simon Hardie

Chief Financial Officer – LaManna Premier Group
Simon joined the Group in 2010 and has over 30 years’ finance and management experience in a range of companies, including large scale listed agricultural and property development companies, finance, investment and insurance, clothing manufacturer telecommunication and residential property development.

Glen Thompson

Group General Manager – Farming – LaManna Premier Group
Glen Thompson joined the Group in 2003 during which time he has held a diverse range of responsibilities across many areas and functions of the business. In his current role as General Manager Farming, Glen is responsible for the national farming operations and the leads the Group Banana Category.

Bruce R Irvine, B Com, LLB, CA

Deputy Chairman and Appointed Special Director – Market Gardeners Limited
Director – LaManna Premier Group
Bruce joined the MG Board in 1994. He comes with an extensive business background and previously held the position of Managing Partner of the Christchurch office of Chartered Accountants, Deloitte, between 1995 and 2007. Bruce is still a Director of Heartland Bank, PGG Wrightson and a number of other public and private companies.

Peter Hendry

Chief Executive Officer – Market Gardeners Limited
Director – LaManna Premier Group
After working with a major supermarket operator, Peter joined MG in 1998 as a key account manager in the Auckland branch. He went on to manage the branch and became National Operations Manager before being appointed General Manager in 2005 and Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

Andrew Fenton

Director – Market Gardeners Limited
Director – LaManna Premier Group
Andrew joined the MG Board in 2002 and has more than 35 years in the avocado and kiwifruit industry through the Bay of Plenty-based Phoenix Partnership and Beresford Orchards Ltd. Andrew is currently a Director of New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority, Kiwifruit New Zealand, President of the NZ Fruitgrowers’ Federation, Chairman of the NZ Fruitgrowers’ Charitable Trust, a member of the NZ Fruitgrowers’ Inc. and Chairman of Huddart Parker Building Co. Ltd.

Mark LoGiudice

Director – LaManna Premier Group
Mark is a Director of the Crawford Group of Companies, a property development, management and investment group. Mark was elected to the Board of the Australian Football League’s Carlton Football Club in 2010 and was elected Club President in 2014.