Biz briefs: Fonterra management moves

Last updated 15:55 18/06/2014

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Fonterra's management reshuffle has continued with two senior appointments to its management team.

Kelvin Wickham, who is president for Greater China, will take up the newly created position of managing director of global ingredients.

Johan Priem, who is a member of the office of chief executive Theo Spierings, will become president for Greater China when Wickham assumes his new role on August 1.

Wickham has more than 25 years' experience in the dairy industry and has had several roles at Fonterra, including overseeing the launch of the GlobalDairyTrade auction platform.

He also held senior global sales positions during his time with the Dairy Board.

Before joining Fonterra, Priem was on the board of management at Dutch dairy co-operative Royal Friesland Foods.

In March this year, Fonterra's director of global sales, Tim Deane, was appointed managing director of Fonterra Brands New Zealand, a position he takes up on August 1.

New role at Synlait

Synlait Milk is reshuffling its senior team by appointing Mike Lee to the new role of general manager of sales.

Lee has more than 15 years dairy industry experience in business development and sales roles in New Zealand, Asia and Europe, and will report to the managing director John Penno. He has been with the dairy processer for almost three years as general manager of ingredient sales.

The appointment follows a decision to combine the previously separate ingredient and nutritional sales teams. Lee will oversee the sales function for the milk powder producer.

Tony McKenna, previously in the role of general manager nutritionals, will take up a new position as China nutritionals regional sales manager, reporting to Mike Lee.

Marketing and communications manager Michael Wan will also report to Lee.

Synlait Milk is in the final stages of building a $27 million dry blending and consumer packaging facility, and expects to be granted registration to export finished infant formula to China following the approval of its plan by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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