Peter McBride has announced he plans to step down from chairman of the board at New Zealand Kiwifruit marketer Zespri. ( Courtesy Zespri )

Peter McBride, who has been chairman of the board at New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri since 2013, has announced he plans to step down from the position in February.

McBride plans to retire as a director of Zespri at the company’s annual meeting in July.

Deputy Chairman Bruce Cameron, a kiwifruit grower who has been a director at Zespri since 2010, will take the chairman’s position in February, according to a news release.

McBride’s tenure as a director at Zespri began in 2003.

During McBride’s time as chairman, the industry returned to a growth mode after a bacterial vine disease, Psa, devastated the industry, according to the release.

“Among his achievements as both chairman and director was his leadership in supporting the industry’s recovery from the serious challenge of Psa – communicating and listening to growers and developing the response,” Zespri director Jonathan Mason said in the release. “He then saw through the execution of our product and market strategy, in response to Psa, with the expansion of SunGold and strong sustainable performance for green (kiwifruit) contributing to record returns for the industry. He leaves behind a strong legacy.”