Norm has over 30 years of experience in the agri-business sector. His numerous and wide-ranging positions have included both technical and commercial roles. He has applied his collaborative management style to senior level assignments in Canada, North America, Europe and globally. He’s as comfortable in a multi-national’s boardroom debating strategy as he is leading field staff through successful implementation. Norm is equally adept at engaging with producers and connects with people, asking the right questions to uncover the real issues. He creatively identifies the optimal solutions and effectively supports the associated change management challenges.
Turned around the Hungarian operations for a multi-national agri-business, developing focused business processes including HR initiatives, and exceeding financial targets.
Built a North American cereals team for a multi-national agri-business, helping to grow revenue by 20 per cent (to approximately $500 million) in under three years.
Established a Canadian business development team, encompassing new technology scouting, data negotiations and third party relationships, to successfully address the opportunities and challenges posed by new market entrants.
Led the creation of a customer experience management program for a Canadian division of a global agri-business, establishing best in class CRM functionality.
Successfully launched products that became sector leaders in the North American, European, and global agricultural markets.
How to Know When You’re Drowning, and How to Save Yourself (and Your Business)
Everyone has periods of extreme “busy-ness” in their “business”. In the ag sector, spring seeding and fall harvest can make for severe sleep deprivation, combined with intense stress for the producers of our food. Businesses serving producers can be caught up in the same cycle. This can lead to poor decisions. The challenge is to [...]
It’s that time of year when we review our accomplishments, and plan for what we’ll need for 2022 and how we’ll make the many decisions we’ll need to throughout the year; Tools, Training, Teachings…and Treasures! 1. Tools: The latest technology for good communications and doing tasks efficiently and effectively. Think of farming without GPS, or [...]
Our Principals and Advisors join our families, friends, clients and fellow citizens in our hope for an imminent emergence from this tragic pandemic and an eventual healing of the scars it will leave behind. It is critically important business carries on and addresses the challenges and opportunities that 2020 has left behind. In spite of [...]
With the start of a new year and a new decade, the Osborne team has sharpened its vision and took a few moments to share their wishes for 2020. On behalf of Osborne Interim Management, we would like to wish you much health and prosperity! Mark Olson Despite an understandable air of uncertainty across the [...]