Alister Haigh

Chief Executive
Haigh’s Chocolates

Profile

Alister Haigh is the Chief Executive of Haigh’s Chocolates, Australia’s oldest chocolate retailer and one of only a handful worldwide making premium chocolates from raw cocoa beans that are sold in their own retail stores.  Haigh’s is also the largest importer of cocoa beans into Australia.

Alister is the fourth generation to work in this family owned and run business based in Adelaide, South Australia which celebrated its centenary in 2015.  After progressing from factory floor to various management roles over an 11 year period, Alister was appointed General Manager of the Haigh’s group in 1984.  Six years later Alister was appointed Joint Managing Director with his brother Simon and in 1997 became CEO.  Since then, Haigh’s has more than quadrupled in size and now has 21 retail stores across Australia in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and online.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Alister is a committee member of the Australian Industry Group (SA Branch) and was previously on the board of Service Skills SA representing the retail industry.  For more than 20 years Alister has been a committee member of Family Business Australia (SA), was previously on the National Board and in 2018 was awarded life membership.

In addition, Alister is a member of The Executive Connection (an organisation for CEOs), and a longstanding supporter of Variety SA, the Children’s Charity.  He is an Ambassador to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and also supports other selected organisations and charities.  Until recently Alister was co-chair of the Heritage Appeal for Australia’s renowned landscape painter Hans Heysen and was instrumental in raising millions of dollars to purchase his historic property, all of its contents and artworks and to help build an iconic art gallery in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.