Fonterra Oceania chief has new role

René Dedoncker. Photo by Bruce Jarvis

Fonterra has announced the internal appointment of new management team members to help lead the co-operative’s step-change in strategic direction.

Fonterra Oceania managing director René Dedoncker has been appointed to the role of global markets consumer and foodservice managing director, in addition to his current role.

Chief executive officer Miles Hurrell said Mr Dedoncker had been with the co-operative since 2005 and has held several global leadership positions during that time.

“He has led our Australian business since 2017, including through its recent merger with Fonterra Brands New Zealand to form Fonterra Oceania,” Mr Hurrell said.

“In this new role, René will provide leadership to our global markets consumer business during the potential divestment process, with a focus on continuing to drive performance.

“René will also lead development and delivery of the strategic growth plans for our foodservice business outside of Greater China.”

The recent appointments will be effective from August 1 and will replace global markets chief executive officer Judith Swales, who is a former Australian manager.