Fonterra ex-chief Andrew Ferrier new NZTE chairman
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BUSINESSDESK: Former Fonterra chief executive Andrew Ferrier twill chair the board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
The Canadian executive first came here in 2002 from a career in the global sugar industry and led Fonterra through a formative decade before stepping down for newly appointed Dutch chief executive Theo Spierings.
Mr Ferrier became a New Zealand citizen in 2008. He will take up the three-year term at NZTE, starting in November, replacing incumbent Jon Mayson.
“Mr Ferrier has a wealth of experience in international business, and brings strong governance and strategic capability to the NZTE board. He is well placed to take up the role of chair for the board,” Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.
Reality television producer Julie Christie, Wellington lobbyist and former trade diplomacy expert Charles Finnyand Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend have been reappointed to the board for second terms.
Mr Ferrier is also a director of Orion Health and CANZ Capital. He was appointed to the University of Auckland Council in March 2012.