“Having achieved a number of
personal goals in my career, my goal now is to help others
Michael Iwaniw has four decades of experience in the Australian
grain industry as CEO of the Australia Barley Board. He led the
privatisation of the business in 1999 and then as AVG Grain grew
the business from a small base to an ASX 100 company. Michael played a significant role in orchestrating the merger
between ABB Grain, AusBulk Ltd and United Grower Holdings Ltd in
2004, creating one of Australia’s largest agribusinesses, with
annual revenue of more than $2 billion.
For Michael, a key factor of a successful business career is
identifying opportunities and accepting responsibility for their
implementation. “One of the things I’m most proud of throughout
my career is creating a work environment where people wanted to
come to work. That experience was invaluable to an executive
leading an organisation through significant change.”
“An executive's life can be isolated coaching provides the
opportunity to discuss issues and new ways of approaching them.”
As a coach, Michael encourages his clients to identify solutions
and motivates and supports them as they implement strategies and
try new initiatives.
Michael is an experienced non-executive director in Australia
and internationally. His appointments have included the
Hamburg-based Toepfer Grain International, one of the biggest
international grain trading companies, Egypt-based Five Star
Flour Mill and the Australian Bulk Alliance responsible for
operating the grain facilities at the Port of Melbourne and at
eight regional centres.
The son of
Ukrainian parents who arrived in Australia in 1948,
Michael’s contribution to the
Australian grain industry was acknowledged in 2008 when he was
named the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year.
four adult children and three
grandchildren, Michael is an avid AFL fan who enjoys following
the highs and lows each season of his Adelaide Crows. Outside of
footy season he enjoys gardening, getting away to the beach and
watching test cricket.