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Shane Gannon returns to building sector after 2 years as Goodman Fielder CFO

Friday 30th August 2013

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Goodman Fielder chief financial officer Shane Gannon has resigned, after helping steer Australasia's biggest food maker back to profit, returning to the building industry as CFO in an overhauled executive team at Mirvac Group.

Gannon was tapped for the Goodman role in late 2011, having served as CFO and director of CSR at a time the building materials firm was changing its corporate structure and divesting its sugar assets. He has previously held executive roles at Lend Lease, explosives maker Dyno Nobel and Novera Energy.

Sydney-based Goodman had a profit of A$102 million in the year ended June 30, from a loss of A$146.9 million a year earlier. It had undergone two years of restructuring aimed at streamlining its range of brands, exiting unprofitable businesses and paying down debt

Calendar 2011 was a time of management shake-up at Goodman, which also named Chris Delaney as chief executive that year.

Mirvac has also been overhauling its line-up, with the resignation of chairman James MacKenzie last week being the latest in a string of changes. Former CFO Justin Mitchell resigned in 2012 and Greg Dyer was appointed finance director on Aug. 6, 2012, only to resign in April this year.

Managing director Nick Collishaw stepped down at the end of October 2012 and was replaced by Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, who restructured her executive team in January this year.

Goodman Fielder CEO Delaney said Gannon had made a significant contribution to the company's strategy of strengthening its financial position. The company's net debt fell by 40 percent to A$434.5 million in its latest year.

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