Silver Fern Farms chief executive Simon Limmer is stepping down after five and a half years in the role. Mr Limmer will remain in his until a new chief executive is announced. He previously worked for Zespri for nine years, including as chief operating officer and general manager for China. Co-chair Rob Hewett says Simon Limmer will leave a business which is in great health and with a clear direction. Earlier this year, Silver Fern Farms announced an after-tax profit of $189.3 million, up $85.5m on the previous year. Simon Limmer says while conscious that global market conditions have created some immediate challenges, they will pass and he is confident in the company’s strategy and ability.