Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Team Member
John B. Howard (JB) has been Russell Mineral Equipment’s Chief Financial Officer since 2009, where his professionalism, perspective and steady financial management has played a key role in the sustainable growth and global expansion of RME’s operations over the last 10+ years. To this end, John has been appointed a member of the Chief Executive Team, and with it, the opportunity to leverage his knowledge and understanding of the finance function to further successful outcomes and the future direction of RME.
John’s CFO role means he is responsible for the RME Commercial Group – an able team which not only takes care of day-to-day administrative matters like accounts payable, receivables, shipping, accounting, taxation, credit, export and trade, but just as importantly, ensures that finance is embedded throughout the business and providing decision support across all RME functions and operations.
Additionally, John’s skilful oversight helps guide the legal and risk portfolios, which extends to the prudent management of trade finance risk, currency risk, and tax and compliance requirements in foreign jurisdictions associated with RME's international operations.
John is also RME’s Company Secretary – a role that sees him administering company affairs, assisting with the governing and monitoring role of the RME board, and supporting the efficient running of board processes for the RME Holding Company and subsidiaries around the world.
Previous to RME, John has over 30 years’ accounting, finance and administration experience working in public practice as well as in the agricultural, manufacturing and distribution industries. This included 7+ years as Finance and Administration Manager for Stahmann Farm, supplier of high-quality pecan and macadamia nut products world-wide, and a similar-length tenure with IAMA Limited (formerly Seed and Grain Sales Pty Ltd).
John is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and Business Management from Charles Sturt University.