“Robert Hill Smith’s leadership and foresight has overseen an era of innovation and growth that has taken Yalumba from a solid family business operation into a significant, progressive international success.” Bruce Dick, CEO, Rabobank Australia.
At an awards evening in Sydney on 23rd July 2009, Robert Hill Smith was named recipient of the 2009 Rabobank Leadership Award, which recognises his contributions made in the growth of Australasia’s food, beverage and agribusiness at an international level.
Announcing the award at the annual Rabobank Leadership Dinner, CEO Bruce Dick acknowledged Robert not only as a champion of quality Australian and New Zealand wine, but for his tireless efforts in positioning these fine wines on the world stage. “Under Robert stewardship, Yalumba has emerged as one of Australia’s greatest wine industry success stories ... his leadership and foresight has overseen an era of innovation and growth that has taken Yalumba from a solid family business operation into a significant, progressive international success.”
Robert is both honoured and humbled to receive the 2009 Rabobank Leadership Award. “This accolade is deserved by all at Yalumba. For us in coming into our 160th year, it’s doubly rewarding. We can all join in the celebrations as it’s something which reflects on the whole company,” he says.
Robert’s leadership award with Rabobank comes just nine months after receiving the ‘Len Evans Award for Leadership’ with Gourmet Traveller WINE in October 2008, chosen by his industry peers.
Rabobank Australia is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 110 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and has a AAA credit rating from Moody’s and Standard & Poor's. Rabobank operates in 43 countries, servicing the needs of more than nine million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1600 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia is one of the country's leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the Australian food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 51 branches throughout Australia.