20th May 2022 Food Moves / People
Food and beverage industry appointments for the week to 20 May.
Good Spirits Hospitality has named director Matt Adams as chair designate after Duncan Makeig signalled his intention to resign the chair following the upcoming June board meeting.
The dairy company taps a former colleague of boss David Bortolussi to become its new finance lead.
The latest food and beverage industry appointments and people moves.
Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves for the week to 6 May 2022.
The EDA supports numerous F&B initiatives across the region, recently partnering with Pic Picot to test the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially.
Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 22 April.
Former Unilever Baltics GM Cameron Heath relocates to Auckland this month to lead the company’s NZ business.
The patriarch of family-owned Cassels Brewing Company Alasdair Cassels died of cancer over Easter weekend.
Great South chief executive and former Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd has died.
Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone will leave the national innovation agency in mid-July.
Food and beverage industry appointments and people moves for the week to 8 April.
A new general manager is taking the reins at Lewis Road Creamery bringing years of marketing and F&B industry experience to the premium consumer dairy brand.
Shane Bracken steps up to the top job following a turbulent period for the sandwich franchise, especially in Australia.
Christiaan Crous is stepping up to take on DB’s sales director role from 4 April.
Margaret Devlin fills an existing vacancy, while Mark Todd replaces Peter Schuyt who will be stepping down in October after almost nine years on the Board.
20-year veteran Tim Donaldson is taking up an expanded GM role in the South Island, while up north it has gone internal to replace its long-standing legal chief.
Clement is taking his dairy experience to a plant-based challenger entering the export market.
Michelle Cassettari takes the helm of the NZ business – the first woman to hold the position.
Neil Senauer becomes the inaugural CEO of Southern Pastures’ wholesale and foodservice business.
Fonterra will shortly begin recruiting to replace Marc Rivers, who has resigned after four years with the co-op.
After 18 years with her family business, Hirst Tristam is taking on a GM role at another F&B business.
Karl Gradon takes up the helm at Miraka Milk, alongside other moves at NZTE, Countdown and New Fish.
Meat Business Women New Zealand has appointed two new co-chairs to lead the organisation.
Experience director Jennifer Kerr replaces Andrew Ferrier as chair after nearly a decade in that role.
Angela Bull joins the Foodstuffs South Island board as an independent director.
Andy Wotton has been appointed to the new role of Kono chief operating officer.
Horticulture New Zealand has two vacancies to fill, with two directors set to retire by rotation.
Woolworths NZ’s Sally Copland heads across the ditch for a top e-commerce role.
Former Ryman chief executive Gordon MacLeod has been appointed to Delegat Group.
Chanel Clark joins nootropics venture Ārepa as its new marketing manager.
Sam Fischer will join the brewing group in July tasked with delivering a new mid-term plan to return to sustainable growth.
A new Australian New Zealand MD for Kellogg, appointments at Sanford executive leadership team, Synlait loses strategy and business transformation director, Seeka CFO to go, and My Food Bag bags supply chain lead.
Alan Pollard has been appointed chief executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand, the national business association for New Zealand’s civil infrastructure construction industry.
Cooks Global Foods has appointed Michael Ambrose to its board as an independent director. Among his governance roles, Ambrose is chair of cherry operation Deep Creek Fruits and a director at MORE »
Beverage company Frucor Suntory has appointed Sophie Lodge to corporate affairs director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.
Tony Falkenstein’s Just Life Group has appointed Luan Howitt general manager of its new healthy homes division. Howitt is a former marketing manager for DB Breweries and Pernod Ricard and MORE »
The beverage giant has filled the vacancy at the top of its Australian and New Zealand business.
Prior to leading Air NZ, he was at the global FMCG giant for 18 years, and left as president and CEO of its Canada division.
Blis Technologies marketing and e-commerce director, Laura Grant, is leaving the Dunedin headquartered probiotics firm she joined just six months ago.
Frucor Suntory has appointed Rhodi Bulloch as its nutrition and regulatory affairs specialist.
Dairy product manufacturer New Zealand Food Innovation Waikato has appointed Tony Giles as its new chief executive.
Just Life Group has hired Graeme Read to be its chief financial officer.
Former dairy industry leader and minister of agriculture John Luxton has passed away, aged 75.
Tatua director Ross Townshend has resigned from the Waikato dairy co-operative’s board with immediate effect.
Marlborough Grape Growers Cooperative chief executive Mike Brown has been elected to the Cooperative Business New Zealand board.
The chair of winemaker Delegat Group, Jim Delegat, is moving from the role of executive chairman to executive director from 1 February 2022.
Sanford’s chief operating officer, Clement Chia, has resigned after seven years with the business.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc has appointed Terry Meikle its chief executive.
Heineken’s DB Breweries has promoted its director of corporate affairs, Matt Wilson, to managing director.
New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Carol Chen to its board.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc has promoted its general manager of marketing Kit Arkwright to chief executive.
Premium mixer company East Imperial has appointed Mark Zonghetti as head of sales for North America.
My Food Bag’s ex-chief operating officer, Richard Wafer, has joined Trade Me-backed, auto-repair comparision startup My Auto Shop.
New Zealand Coastal Seafoods says a surge in quarterly revenue can be attributed to the appointment of former Bidfood general manager Peter Fletcher to chief of sales.
After 18 months without a chief executive, Coffee Supreme has promoted group commercial director Jesse Newson into the role.
Māori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana and Moana New Zealand have appointed two new directors to the Moana New Zealand Board.
BurgerFuel Group has appointed its former chief operating officer Tyrone Foley as a director, effective from today.
Both Nestlé and Blis Technology have made internal appointments to fill vacancies at the top of their ranks.
Supply chain, field sales and board changes announced at Asahi, NZ Hops and Blis.
Mainfreight’s New Zealand country manager, Craig Evans, has resigned and is to leave the business at the end of January 2022.
Diversified agribusiness Scales has appointed Geoff Smith as chief operations and sustainability officer.
Asahi Beverages has appointed PepsiCo ANZ boss Danny Celoni the new chief executive of its Australian brewer, Carlton & United Breweries.
New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated has appointed John Allen as a director to its board.
Chocolate company Ferrero makes two appointments across its Asia Pacific operations, The FoodBowl announces Alexandra Allan’s replacement and AGMARDT names a new chair.
ANZCO Foods founder Sir Graeme Harrison has joined the National Party’s board.
The parent company of Nelson-based food and beverage exporter Kono is looking to fill the newly created role of chief operating officer, instead of recruiting a new chief executive to replace Rachel Taulelei.
The Brewers Guild of New Zealand and the Produce Marketing Association Australia New Zealand have brought in new leadership. Melanie Kees has been appointed executive director of the Brewers Guild MORE »
The former Turners & Growers executive will join the listed seafood exporter as CFO next month.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Julie Dillon the chief executive of its animal care business.
The chief executive of Mr Apple, Andrew van Workum, has sold more than 80,000 shares in parent company Scales Corporation, raising $415,918 in the process, according to an NZX filing.
Manuka honey exporter Comvita has appointed a trio of new board directors, namely Bridget Coates, Yawen Wu and chief executive David Banfield.
The retail veteran and current Foodstuffs director will take over from Steve Anderson to be FSSI’s chief executive.
Former Countdowners find new homes, while a COO and a CEO get bumped up the ranks at Ngāi Tahu.
Good Spirits Hospitality has appointed commercial lawyer and experienced director John Seton to its board effective immediately.
Andrew Christie has resigned as a director of Good Spirits Hospitality, effective immediately, Friday 3 September.
Internal promotions, arrivals and departures are all in today’s trio of executive food moves.
A former Foodstuffs executive moves to T&G Fresh, Pāmu’s boss jumps ship to Delegat, and an inaugural kiwifruit jv CEO named.
Penny Nelson is leaving the Ministry for Primary industries to become the Department of Conservation’s director-general and chief executive.
Blis Technologies’ chief marketing officer, Julie Curphey, has resigned from her role effective 29 October 2021.
With China and Korea its number one and two markets, Grove is looking to Thailand and Vietnam for further growth.
Two KPMG alumni join the wholesaler’s board and executive team to “contribute to next phase of growth”.
Synlait recruits from Qatar to fill its director of operations role, while Fonterra goes internal for its new people and culture MD.
DB Breweries’ domestic beer brand manager, Michael McRae, is leaving Heineken after more than four years to go full time on his own venture.
The news follows Bryan Mogridge’s appointment as executive chair of the omega fish oils refiner.
Incumbent Kiwifruit New Zealand director Colin Olesen is to serve a second three-year term on the body’s board. KNZ said that when nominations for the election closed on Monday 9 MORE »
Takitimu Seafoods general manager Marcus D’Esposito has resigned from the company.
The New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores has appointed two new members.
Adjunct Professor Mark Booth has left Food Standards Australia New Zealand to join an international management consultancy.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has appointed David Dewar the first New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Pacific, based in Fiji.
Foodstuffs South Island has recruited Nick Barnes as general manager of supply chain, replacing John Mullins who retired after 43 years working for the grocery group.
Blue Sky Meats has appointed Sarah Brown to its board.
Finding growth means driving existing brands like Old El Paso but could also see new products brought down under from the United States.
Taulelei is teaming up with brand specialist Tabitha Harris to launch a new venture focusing on “business design through story, strategy and brand”.
The A2 Milk Company has filled another role in its leadership team appointing a new chief people and culture officer following the departure of Lisa Burquest in January.
The meal kit firm has appointed DB Breweries’ Jo Mitchell to be its chief customer officer.
US food giant General Mills has appointed of Matthew Salter as its new managing director for Australia and New Zealand.
FoodBowl CEO Alexandra Allan resigns after seven years with the Food Innovation Network.
Patsy Bass, co-founder of West Coast spirits powerhouse Reefton Distilling Co, hires two senior executives to lead the company’s drive into export markets.
My Food Bag’s chief operating officer Richard Wafer has resigned from the meal kit company.
New Zealand medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp start-up Greenfern Industries has appointed Brent King as its independent non-executive chair.
Central Otago deer farmer and veterinarian Amanda (Mandy) Bell has been selected as a producer member of the Deer Industry NZ board.
Alliance Group has appointed Victoria Trayner to be its first associate director.
Its Asia Pacific division will be split three ways in an effort to revive growth.
David Downs has been appointed as chief executive of New Zealand Story, replacing inaugural boss Rebecca Smith who will leave after seven years at the helm.
The A2 Milk Company has appointed an infant nutrition marketing specialist from European food giant Danone as its new chief marketing officer.
The former Fonterra and Nestlé insights manager will take over from Malcolm Nitschke in August.
The Kiwifruit Vine Health board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years.
T&G Global’s outgoing chairman, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, said the fresh produce company is “primed to harness opportunities into the future” following a strategic programme of work carried out over his nine-year tenure.
New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Kiwibank’s deputy chief financial officer, Ben Rodgers, as its new CFO.
Foley Wines’ group chief winemaker and head of viticulture, Alastair Maling MW, is moving to a consultancy role for Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard, Grove Mill, Vavasour and Mt Difficulty from June 30. Foley has also appointed Stuart Dudley as a viticulturist consultant based in Marlborough.
Healthcare and animal care company Ebos Group has appointed Dr Tracey Batten as an independent director.
Katherine Turner is to leave the seafood company in September after three years in the role.
NZ Apples and Pears Inc’s chief executive of nine years, Alan Pollard, is to step down from his role later this year.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021 includes some notable names from New Zealand’s food and beverage sector. Dr Kevin Marshall, the current chair of the Riddet Institute, was made a Companion of MORE »
AGMARDT has announced the appointment of Trish Rankin as the next associate board member to join its board of trustees.
Christchurch biotechnology company PharmaZen, which trades as Waitaki Biosciences, has made two appointments to its board.
Wine business Dionysus Investments, which owns the Messenger, Mutu and Moana Park Estate brands, has poached two marketing specialists from The Warehouse Group to expand its Auckland team.
Nine young people from across the primary sector have came together at Mataatua Marae in Whakatane for the official launch of He Tatai Rangahua – the Food and Fibre Youth Network.
Hayes Taylor has been appointed general manager of Auckland-based supplement and vitamin company Swiss Wellness NZ.
New chief executive Colin Bond replaces outgoing boss Nikki Johnson.
Laura Grant will join Blis’s executive team in the role of e-commerce director on 24 May 2021.
Foodstuffs South Island general manager of supply chain, John Mullins, is retiring after 43 years working for the grocery group.
Zespri Group has appointed the former Goodman Fielder and Griffins Foods chief executive Alison Barrass to its board as an independent director.
T&G Global’s chairman of nine years, Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, is to step down at the end of its annual meeting on 23 June 2021
Stuart Irvine to stand down after more than eight years at the helm of drinks
CFO’s departure follows that of chief executive Leon Clement and director of operations Mark Toomey.
Former Fonterra sales director will head up non-alcoholic business arm in NZ.
New Zealand seafood company Sanford has appointed Mark Cairns as its newest board member.
Ebos animal care and consumer brands chief executive Sean Duggan has resigned.
The former New Zealand Apples & Pears chair will take over from Mike Chapman on 14 June.
Rob Hewett has been appointed Silver Fern Farms Co-operative chair following the announcement on 29 April that Richard Young was standing down.
Five horticulture heavyweight’s have thrown their name in the ring for two existing vacancies on the Horticulture New Zealand board.
After nearly nine years in the role, Nitschke says now is the time to call it a day.
Former world discus champion Beatrice Faumuina is a new brand ambassador to the Just Life Group.
Leon Clement will leave the listed dairy company at the end of April.
Leanne Stewart replaces outgoing CEO Stu Hutchings.
Sandi Reily is the the new marketing, events and communications manager for Hospitality New Zealand.
The chief executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health is leaving the biosecurity organisation after three years to take up a top job with the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Former managing director Graeme Lord has stepped in as the winemaker looks to replace John Freeman, who resigned in February.
Mark Toomey has resigned from the specialist diary company after just over a year in the role.
Spencer Sonn steps into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa.
The long-time CEO will leave the South Island supermarket co-op in February next year.
Former head of customer & commercial, Julie O’Toole, takes up a new role.
Atkins Ranch CEO Jim Goodall will take over from Todd Grave at the meat processor.
Tania Bui is the new brand director of CSD PepsiCo brands Pepsi Max, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and 7UP.
The vacancies came as two directors will retire by rotation this year.
Freeman intends to relocate to Australia with his family but will remain with Delegat until late March.
Export boss David Boyd says New Zealand exports have been “remarkably resilient”.
She replaces Jeremy Hood who has been interim chief executive.
The role is to be based at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay.
David Parker has been appointed minister of the newly named Ministry for Oceans and Fisheries, formerly known as the Ministry of Fisheries.
Jim van der Poel, who chairs the DairyNZ board, and Colin Glas would each serve another three-year term on the board.
Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch has resigned.