Emma Parsons has been appointed Fonterra’s new managing director of strategy and optimisation. The new role will oversee the implementation of Fonterra’s strategy and plans to achieve the co-operative’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 Miles Hurrell said he is excited to have Parsons join Fonterra’s management team given her understanding and passion for the co-op.
“Emma has a strong track record of delivering results. We’ve seen this most recently in her role as general manager capital strategy where she led the development of the new capital structure for the co-operative, 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 co-operative.”
Prior to her role as general manager capital strategy, Parsons was chief executive of Agrigate, a joint venture between Fonterra and Livestock Improvement Corporation, and was the general manager for responsible dairying and had roles in Brazil and Argentina where she developed the co-operative’s export relationships and supply chain integration across Latin America.