26 Jul 2012

Fonterra picks new chairman

12:25 pm on 26 July 2012

The board of dairy giant, Fonterra has elected board member, John Wilson as its new Chairman.

Mr Wilson, who is also a former Chairman of the dairy co-operative's Shareholders' Council, will take over from the current Chairman, Sir Henry van der Heyden in December.

He lives on his family dairy farm near Te Awamutu and also manages a dairy farming business in South Canterbury.

He is the Chairman of South Auckland Independent Testing Society Limited and a director of Turner & Growers.

Sir Henry says Mr Wilson brings lengthy experience in the dairy industry to his new role and he'll be working closely with him over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition into the position.