Fonterra scientist Jeremy Hill has been elected president of the International Dairy Federation, the first New Zealander to achieve the role in the federation's 109-year history.
Dr Hill was elected at the IDF's general assembly at the IDF World Dairy Summit in Cape Town this week and will take up the job on Friday.
He replaces Richard Doyle, who has completed a four-year term.
Hill has a PhD in biochemistry and more than 100 publications and four patents to his name.
He has held senior research and development leadership roles throughout the dairy industry, including stints as general manager of research and development at the Livestock Improvement Corporation, general manager Fonterra Research Centre and Fonterra's manufacturing innovation division.
He has also been Fonterra's director of regulatory affairs and food assurance.Hill is based at the Fonterra Research & Development Centre in Palmerston North.
Founded in 1903, the IDF is a non-profit private sector organisation representing the interests of stakeholders in international dairying.
It is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain.
Areas of work include sustainable development, nutrition, methods of analysis, farm management and hygiene and safety.Hill has been involved in the federation's work more than 20 years.