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Mar 15, 2024

Ameropa announces the appointment of Josh Zacharias to the position of Group CEO, effective April 15th. 

Josh Zacharias was born in Washington D.C. and is a dual USA and Swiss citizen. He graduated Carleton College with a BA in Mathematics and then received an MBA from New York University. He is 44 years old and has held various junior and senior management positions in the USA, Australia, Romania and Switzerland since joining Ameropa in 2009.

Zacharias started in Finance, first as a financial analyst for M&A at the Binningen headquarter, then as Risk Manager and Controller at Ameropa North America, and finally as CFO at Ameropa Australia.  In 2013, he moved into the commercial side as Head of Trading at Ameropa Australia and also headed the Browns retail business selling directly to farmers in Australia. In 2018, he returned to Binningen and assumed the role of Group Chief Risk Officer for close to two years. Zacharias is currently CEO of Ameropa's subsidiary Azomures, a nitrogen fertilizer producer in Romania.

Andreas Zivy, Chairman of the Board of Ameropa Holding AG, stated: "The Board and shareholders are delighted to appoint Josh to his new position. Due to the variety of roles he held, Josh is very familiar with all of our businesses both in trading and management functions. Also, he has intimate knowledge of three of our most important markets, the USA, Romania and Australia. At age 44, he offers a long-term perspective to our company, and as a member of the fourth generation of shareholders, he will continue the culture of a family company."

Josh Zacharias commented: "I am excited and honoured to be appointed as CEO of our more than 75-year-old family-owned business with a long history of success in grains and fertilizers. During more than 15 years, I had the privilege to get to know all parts of the organization and I truly look forward to working with the many dedicated people that Ameropa has around the world."


About Ameropa 

Founded in 1948, Ameropa in Binningen near Basel is a privately held Swiss trading and production company for cereals and fertilizers. In 2023, the Group reported a turnover of CHF 7.7 bn.