Media Statement – For Immediate Release
Friday, 30 August 2002
Search for Dairy Industry Leaders Underway
The Fonterra Shareholders’ Council today began its search for potential dairy industry leaders.
A letter was sent to over 200 Fonterra suppliers eligible to join the Council’s Advanced Training Programme encouraging
them to put themselves forward for selection.
The Council is charged with administering training programmes for prospective Fonterra directors and councillors.
Council Chairman, Tony O’Boyle, says the Council is committed to ensuring that the very best talent from the shareholder
base is sought and given the opportunity to develop skills required for future key leadership roles both within Fonterra
and in local communities.
“It goes without saying that progressive and effective governance and representation are essential for the future growth
and vitality of our co-operative and the prosperity of its shareholders,” Mr O’Boyle says.
The Council has appointed Deloitte HR to help identify the best candidates and assess their existing skills and
potential. Mr O’Boyle says Deloitte HR have designed a robust, professional, fair and transparent selection process. “It
is absolutely critical that we independently find the right people from our 13,000 shareholders to develop into our
future leaders,” he says. “We have a huge talent pool to draw upon.”
“We need those eligible people who have a passion and commitment to our industry to step forward and express an
Fonterra suppliers eligible to put themselves forward for selection are:
- Participants of the Council’s Introductory or Stage One Training Programme
- Existing councillors
- Ex-councillors and former legacy company directors
Mr O’Boyle says the key aim of this ongoing selection process is to identify people with the necessary skills and
experience now as well as those with the potential to develop the right skills, knowledge and experience in the future.
The Advanced Programme will be an individualised training and personal development programme designed to develop and
foster the necessary skills for those who are interested in potentially taking up a governance or representational role
in the future.
Mr O’Boyle says in the absence of the previous smaller dairy co-operative companies, finding effective training
environments is challenging.
“Council is serious about providing an avenue for tomorrow’s leaders and hope a number will come forward and participate
in the programme.” Mr O’Boyle says.