Fonterra Brands poaches Griffin's boss for MD role

Brett Henshaw has 30 years experience in the FMCG sector

Fonterra has poached Brett Henshaw from Griffin’s Food Company to head up Fonterra Brands following a spate of senior management departures in May.

Mr Henshaw will start as managing director of Fonterra Brands in early December.

His appointment comes in the same week Fonterra reported a $196 million loss for the 2018 financial year. Fonterra Brands sits within Fonterra’s Consumer and Foodservice division, where normalised earnings fell 23% to $67m in the Oceania region.

Mr Henshaw has 30 years experience in the FMCG sector with roles at  Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive Worldwide before becoming managing director of Griffin’s in 2016.

His appointment to Fonterra Brands follows four senior departures in May, including long-serving managing director Leon Clement and operations and supply chain director Mark Leslie.

Between them, the four managers had 60 years of experience at Fonterra and made up half the Brands lead team.

Fonterra chief operating officer, global consumer & foodservice, Lukas Paravicini, says the co-operative is excited about Mr Henshaw joining the team. 

“Along with his time in New Zealand, Brett has also worked in Sydney, Singapore, New York and the UK, and he has a deep understanding of consumers, their needs and how to deliver on those needs.” 

Fonterra Brands produces consumer products such as powders, yoghurts, milk, butter, ice cream and cheeses under well-known brands such as Mainland, Tip-Top, Anchor and Anlene. 

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