Fertiliser manufacturer Yara has appointed Peter Smith has as commercial director of Yara UK, with responsibility for its activities in the UK and The Republic of Ireland. He replaces Benoit Lamaison, who is taking up a position with the company in Geneva after almost five years in the UK.
Mr Smith, from a Perthshire family farming background, has worked for Yara for twenty years in a series of commercial roles. He has spent the four years overseeing its solid and liquid fertiliser business in Scotland, and will continue to be based near Perth, whilst operating from Yara UK’s head office in Grimsby.
“These are challenging and changing times for farming and the fertilizer market, with pricing of agricultural inputs and outputs subject to the same volatility of global supply and demand combined with fluctuating currencies,’ he says. “I am fortunate in taking over at Yara UK from Benoit Lamaison who has done an excellent job during the last four and a half years.”