New Fon­terra di­rec­tor has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By AN­DREA FOX

Fon­terra’s new­est di­rec­tor is Waikato dairy farmer and busi­ness­man Michael Spaans.

Spaans, who farms at Te Aroha and lives in Hamil­ton, won the farmer seat left va­cant by the re­tire­ment this year of for­mer chair­man Sir Henry van der Hey­den, against two ri­vals.

In­cum­bent di­rec­tors Mal­colm Bai­ley from Manawatu and Waikato’s Ian Far­relly were re­elected.

It was the sec­ond time Spaans, 50, had sought elec­tion to the board of New Zealand’s big­gest com­pany and the world’s lead­ing dairy ex­porter.

He de­feated farm­ers Donna Smit of Whakatane and Eric Ray of Mor­rinsville for the va­cant seat.

He is a di­rec­tor of in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tion DairyNZ, chair­man of the Waikato In­no­va­tion Park, chair­man of An­i­mal Breed­ing Ser­vices, an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor of the Shoof com­pany and a di­rec­tor of Ospri, formed from the merger of the An­i­mal Health Board and Nait. He was a mem­ber of the Fon­terra Share­hold­ers’ Coun­cil.

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