Fonterra Announces New Chairman Elect

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra Chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden has announced that John Wilson has been elected by the Board as the Chairman Elect.
calendar icon 27 July 2012
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Mr Wilson will take up the role of Chairman when Sir Henry stands down as Chairman at the Co-operative’s Annual Meeting in December.

In congratulating John, Sir Henry says: “John brings lengthy experience in the dairy industry and has been on the Board since 2003.”

Mr Wilson is a previous Chairman of the Co-operative's Shareholders' Council. John lives on his family dairy farm near Te Awamutu and also manages a dairy farming business in South Canterbury. He is the Chairman of South Auckland Independent Testing Society Ltd and a director of Turner & Growers Ltd.

“Over the past two years the Board has been working through a considered and disciplined process to appoint a Chairman Elect and ensure the succession plan we have is in the best interest of the Co-operative,” says Sir Henry.

“John and I will work together over the next few months to assist with a smooth transition to provide continuity for the Co-operative.”

Sir Henry also congratulated Ian Brown on his election as Chairman of the Shareholders’ Council and Philip Palmer as the Deputy Chair of Council following a vote by Councillors earlier this week.

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