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Food Moves: Seeka CFO, Comvita CTO, account managers at PepsiCo, Dairyworks, FrucorSuntory and more…

6th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | news@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves for the week to 6 May 2022.


Chris France

Another big hire at Comvita this week. The listed mānuka honey company has appointed a new chief technology officer recruiting Chris France from dairy company Synlait Milk.

France had been with the Canterbury-headquartered dairy company for more than seven years, most recently as director, strategy and business transformation.

He started at Synlait in 2015 and previously held senior management roles at Deloitte, IAG New Zealand, AMI Insurance and KPMG.

He joins other recent hires at Comvita, including FMCG marketer Caroline Gray, who has been appointed global marketing manager, and George Wapenaar as a commercial accountant.


Nicola Neilson has started in the role of chief financial officer at diversified agribusiness Seeka.

Neilson replaced outgoing chief financial officer Stuart McKinstry, who retired after 16 years, and was promoted from her role as financial controller with the group.


In response to its ongoing growth and expansion plans in China, Spring Sheep Milk Co has appointed Peter Jin as its new general manager in China.

Jin has 16 years in the dairy industry and worked with a number of leading New Zealand dairy companies, on the ground with their teams in China. He also has extensive experience in sales, R&D, developing major partnerships and a PHD in lactoferrin.


Now, to a raft of account management changes.

Kayla Brooks is officially one week down into her new role with Frucor Suntory looking after the New World North Island banner. She was recruited from the Kraft Heinz group, where she had worked for almost three years, latterly as a senior account manager for Wattie’s.

Meanwhile, at the Kraft Heinz company, Paul Harre has been promoted to senior account manager.

Elsewhere there is a move client side. Kaitlyn Peterson has started a new position as key account manager at Dairyworks, leaving Foodstuffs South Island after close to three years.

And over at PepsiCo, Tharaka Punchihewa has been promoted to key account manager, Foodstuffs North Island. Punchihewa was previously a key account executive, Woolworths New Zealand, for the beverage company.


And New Zealand’s family-owned French bakery, Paneton, has got a new general manager.

After 14 years working for multinational FMCGs within the health & beauty sector, Thibault Beaujot has joined F&B via the Auckland-based business.


And finally this week, sticking with the baking theme, former Pavé Brand chief executive and shareholder, Angus Hamilton has moved into the position of acting head of sales at Champion Flour Milling. He has been with the group for just over a year as national business manager.

 

 


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