July 26, 2022


Fonterra appoints new managing director of strategy and optimisation



Fonterra has appointed Emma Parsons as its managing director of strategy and optimisation, effective from August 1, 2022.


The newly developed role will have ownership and oversee the implementation of Fonterra's strategy and plans to achieve the dairy cooperative's Long Term Aspirations. It will also bring a new level of focus on demand choices, and portfolio and asset management using analytics to inform decision making.


Fonterra chief executive officer Miles Hurrell said he's excited to have Parsons joining Fonterra's management team given her understanding and passion for the cooperative.


"Emma has a strong track record of delivering results. We've seen this most recently in her role as GM (of) Capital Strategy where she led the development of the new capital structure for the cooperative, which received overwhelming support," Hurrell said. "Emma is incredibly passionate about Fonterra and has had a long career with us, which began working at the local factory in her summer holidays and has spanned many different parts of the cooperative."


Prior to her role as general manager of Capital Strategy, Emma was CEO of Agrigate, a joint venture between Fonterra and Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), before becoming GM of Responsible Dairying as well as occupying roles in Brazil and Argentina where she developed the cooperative's export relationships and supply chain integration across Latin America.


Parsons has an MBA with first class honours from Massey University, a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington.


- Fonterra

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