Richard Sampson Genest, BA(Hons) MBA
Chief Commercial Officer
Richard joined the tree nut industry in 2005 as marketing manager at Stahmann Farms (now Stahmann Webster), following a career in specialty food marketing and before that in aquaculture. He has been a director of the business since 2011 and currently holds the role of Chief Commercial Officer, with executive level responsibility for sales and marketing, procurement, business strategy and industry relationships.
Stahmann Webster (SW) was formed in late 2020 though the integration of Stahmann Farms, Australia’s leading grower and processor of pecans as well as macadamias, and Webster Ltd, the preeminent grower, processor and marketer of Australian walnuts and a grower of almonds. The business conducts farming and processing operations from Bundaberg in Queensland to Swansea in Tasmania, with major activity centres in the Riverina, Moree and Toowoomba.
Richard has been a director of the Australian Nut Industry Council since 2006, holding the chair from 2012 to 2014 as nominee of the Australian Pecan Association. He is also a member of the National Pecan Shellers Association (USA), Australian Macadamia Society (past chair of the Marketing Advisory Committee), Australian Macadamia Handlers Association (past secretary), the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (member of the Global Statistics Committee) and most recently a foundational director of the World Macadamia Organisation.