Market Development Director Service

Many Australian food and agribusiness have the brands and products which are in demand and have the potential to succeed in export markets – but lack the time, resources and international network required.

For the first time, we are offering the opportunity to access our highly respected and experienced market development directors. At a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee, this service provides you with a wealth of International market knowledge, commercial acumen and buyer networks that will drive positive export sales results for food and agriculture of all sizes.

Together, our Market Development Director Service will help you to identify and enter new markets, grow existing markets and ensure profitable outcomes.

This is an exclusive service with limited availability. To submit an application, please get in touch today.

Service Inclusions

Where you play and how well you execute your strategy matter the most for business growth. Get practical
support from our Market Development Directors with over 20 years of experience in the F&B and agribusiness
industry across South East Asia, Northern Asia, Middle East, and the USA tailored for your business to grow
domestically and globally. The targeted insights from the Market Development Directors allow for nuanced
analysis, sustainable strategy development and positive business outcomes.

Identify the markets that present the best commercial opportunity for your business.

Engage the channels that will maximise your market potential.

Develop the export pricing models to deliver optimal volume and value outcomes for each market.

Design market-specific pitch decks that highlight your brand's USP to attract buyer interest,

Pre-qualify buyers based on sales/distribution capabilities, and brands represented.

Negotiate pricing, KPI's, activation programmes, etc.

Facilitate market compliance and registration.

Initiate sales orders and audit buyer performance across all agreed KPI metrics.

Inform new product development opportunities.

Transparent, open communication to ensure the success of commercial objectives.

Meet our Directors

Najib Lawand

Founding Director

Najib Lawand founded Export Connect in June 2017 in order to use the skills, connections and expertise he acquired over 25 years in the industry to help food & agribusinesses prepare for the right markets and connect with the right buyers and grow.

Najib is highly experienced in export market development, having spent a quarter of a century leading Australian food-export businesses and agri-food industry development teams. The value of Export Connect’s services to Australian businesses is proven by their work. Since founding in June 2017, they’ve delivered 220+ projects for 135+ clients covering 20+ markets.

David Leevers

Market Development Director

David is a seasoned leader and manager with expertise in the food & beverage industry, developing markets for some of the world’s biggest brands for over 11 years. He is passionate about building brands, sales and capabilities for Australian companies both here in Australia and Internationally. 

Prior to his role at Export Connect, he worked in national and international market development roles for industry leaders, including Bubs Australia Limited, McCain Foods Pty Ltd, Sara Lee Australia and Arnotts. During this time he developed long term strategic plans to deliver sustainable and long term growth.

Cost Benefits

A fraction of the cost of training and employing a full time employee.

Breakeven point very early in Sales P&L.

Benefit from a fresh, objective perspective built on decades of expertise.

Access Export Connect’s network of buyers and suppliers, and extensive market research

This is an invaluable service which is limited to a select number of companies

To submit an application, please get in touch.

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