• Matthews’ new CEO Mark Dingley (left) with former CEO/MD and now chairman Lester Nichol.
    Matthews’ new CEO Mark Dingley (left) with former CEO/MD and now chairman Lester Nichol.

Matthews Australasia has appointed Mark Dingley as its new CEO and will transition current MD Lester Nichol to the role of chairman.

Nichol had been 36 years in the role of CEO/ MD for Matthews.

The company provides equipment, technology, and services to Australian and New Zealand companies – predominantly, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and FMCG manufacturers – in the area of product identification, traceability, and inspection.

Dingley joined Matthews in 1994, and before assuming his previous role as general manager – operations, was instrumental in developing and introducing Matthews’ iDSnet, the award-winning software that revolutionised the delivery of product identification and traceability solutions through the manufacturing process and throughout the supply chain.

With the Matthews team, Dingley has recently presided over significant growth in vision, quality inspection systems and product authentication solutions that have provided itemised proof of providence for producers and exporters of Australian products.

His career with Matthews has also included roles in customer service, marketing, product management, and sales.

“I am extremely confident that Mark’s energy, experience and dedication makes him the ideal appointment to this important role, and will ensure that Matthews Australasia continues to grow in a rapidly changing market," Nichol said.

Nichol’s two sons, Ben and Matt, also form a part of the Matthews’ leadership group and continue to play significant staff roles in the business, including being active participants on the company’s advisory board.

Mark Dingley is also chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is actively involved with GS1 Australia.