NEW ZEALAND MILK, Fonterra’s fast-moving consumer goods division, has made three appointments to its Global Leadership
Team. David Pilkington, the NEW ZEALAND MILK Managing Director and a member of Fonterra’s senior team, announced the
Scott Eglinton has accepted the position of Director, Global Marketing and Strategy. In this role, he will be
responsible for the development of the strategic direction and market positioning of NEW ZEALAND MILK. This includes
corporate image and brand policy management, global category management and overseeing the company's foodservice
business and R function. Mr Eglinton is currently Managing Director of NEW ZEALAND MILK Americas and is based in Fort Lauderdale and
has worked for the Dairy Board in various roles in the Americas since 1991. He will be relocating back to New Zealand to
take up his new position in Wellington.
Ron Peake has been appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer. His responsibility will be to provide business
advice and information to the NEW ZEALAND MILK leadership team on information systems solutions and systems processes
for the new company. Mr Peake recently joined NEW ZEALAND MILK as Chief Information Officer following an extensive
external recruitment process.
Dale Farrar has accepted the position of Director Global Human Resources. In this role, Ms Farrar will be responsible
for the development and implementation of human resource strategies and policies across all areas of human resources
activity including leadership, recruitment, training, remuneration, performance and management. She joined the Dairy
Board in September 2000 as a member of the board’s Global Human Resources team and with specific responsibility for NEW
Mr Eglinton, Mr Peake and Ms Farrar will be part of the NEW ZEALAND MILK Global Leadership Team with Mr Pilkington. They
will be joined by the Director, Global Operations, an appointment expected shortly, and the Chief Financial Officer, for
which an external search is underway expected to take some time. NEW ZEALAND MILK’s Kevin Murray is currently acting in
In addition to these senior executives, NEW ZEALAND MILK’s Regional Managing Directors are also part of its Global
Leadership Team. Australasia is a new focus for NEW ZEALAND MILK now that it has become responsible for Fonterra’s
marketing role in New Zealand, and Baird McConnon will become the Regional Managing Director for the region. He is
currently CEO of Australasian Food Holdings Ltd, which consists of Mainland, Tip Top and Peters & Brownes. Bonland Dairies Ltd and NEW ZEALAND MILK’s interests in the Pacific will also report to Mr McConnon in his new
As Managing Director of NEW ZEALAND MILK, Mr Pilkington reports to Fonterra CEO Craig Norgate.
Mr Pilkington said he was delighted Fonterra and NEW ZEALAND MILK had been able to secure the appointments made so far.
“Craig Norgate has said that he is looking to NEW ZEALAND MILK to provide some of the fastest growth in the Fonterra
group and we are full steam ahead in putting together key joint ventures with Nestle in the Americas, Arla in the UK and
EU and now Britannia in India. There is much to be done and I have every confidence in the team that is coming together
to deliver to our shareholders and New Zealand.”