Fraser Whineray is no stranger to the dairy industry, having started his career as a graduate of the New Zealand Dairy Board’s technical training programme and spent time at some of its manufacturing sites and export markets.
Whineray says he is looking forward to returning to the dairy sector and working alongside the many dedicated people at Fonterra.
“I am pleased to be able to continue in a role which contributes to New Zealand, and has strong, genuine relationships with many regional communities, Maori land trusts and local iwi across the country,” says Whineray, in a statement.
Whineray is currently the chief executive of Mercury NZ and has held several senior leadership roles since joining the company in 2008.
He will take on the newly-created role of chief operating officer early next year.
Whineray has also held roles at Credit Suisse, Puhoi Valley Cheese and Carter Holt Harvey.
He is the chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science & Technology from Massey University and a Bachelor of Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Canterbury.
Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell says Whineray is “a results-orientated New Zealand business leader”.
“Fraser has demonstrated he can transform organisations to achieve growth in complex environments through a focus on innovation, customers and his team. He is motivated to contribute to New Zealand’s export success and to drive sustainability, innovation and efficiency in business – three strengths that we believe can create real value,” says Hurrell.
“He is going to be a great addition to our management team.”
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