Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society appoints new chief executive
Published:  16 July, 2015

Johnny Mackey has been revealed as the new chief executive of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

Mackey, who is currently head of industry development at Quality Meat Scotland, will be working alongside current chief executive Ron McHattie, before his retirement in the autumn.  

Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society president David Evans is excited to welcome Mackey on board: “The Society is the fastest-growing beef cattle Society in the UK and continues to outpace nearly all other Societies in terms of both pedigree and commercial cattle numbers.

“Mr Mackey’s wide-ranging industry experience places him in an ideal position to help the breed capitalise on existing retail relationships, at the same time as developing new partnerships across the supply chain. I look forward to working with Johnny once he takes up his position and would like to record the Society’s thanks to Ron McHattie for all he has done for the breed in his time with the Society.”

Mackey has previously worked alongside NFU Scotland, as well as being involved in several other industry roles, before taking up his new post. He said: “The Aberdeen-Angus breed is well recognised the world over and I believe UK Aberdeen-Angus breeders have a lot to offer the world, both in terms of genetics and management practice.

“I’m looking forward to working with our existing retail partners to further develop the market for UK Aberdeen-Angus beef and ensure a sustainable, profitable future for all involved with the breed, both at a pedigree and commercial level.”