June 26, 2020


Fonterra announces chairman-elect



Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (FCG) has announced that current farmer director, Peter McBride, has been selected as the co-operative's chairman-elect by his fellow directors.


Under Fonterra's constitution, its chairman is selected by the co-op's board from within its pool of seven elected farmer directors.


McBride will replace current Fonterra chairman, John Monaghan, when he retires as director of the co-op at its annual meeting this November.


Monaghan said that the early announcement of McBride as chairman-elect is part of the board's  commitment to planned governance succession.


"We have made significant progress over the past two years in our effort to refresh our co-op's purpose, strategy and culture. It is important to the board that we provide stability while Miles and his team continue to embed the changes and maintain our momentum," Monaghan said. "Making this decision now also gives our farmer-owners transparency of leadership prior to this years' director elections and allows Peter and I a period of handover before I retire from the board in November."


McBride said he is humbled to be selected by his fellow directors and is looking forward to leading the co-op on behalf of its 10,000 farming families.


"I'm looking forward to working alongside John for the next few months before leading our co-op into its next phase and creating value for the benefit of our farmer owners and unit holders," said McBride.


He added: "When John retires from the board in November, it will mark almost two decades of service to our co-op, the last 12 years as a director. He will leave behind a  board culture of shared responsibility, which is something I will look to build on as the new chairman," said McBride.


- Fonterra