Zespri International Limited is a consumer-driven, grower-owned company dedicated to the global marketing of kiwifruit. We are a relatively large company in terms of the number and diversity of our stakeholders.
Growers and shareholders entrust a great deal to the company, through both the investment that they have in their shares, as well as the broader reliance they have on Zespri as the world's marketer, strategic leader, innovation provider and steward of the Zespri System.
New Zealand kiwifruit growers, past and present, are Zespri shareholders. To be eligible to purchase shares, Zespri growers must demonstrate current production of kiwifruit for supply to Zespri.
At the end of each financial year the Zespri Board reviews available profits, and declares a dividend payment per share. The Board currently have a policy of paying between 70% to 90% of each year’s available profits as dividends. The Zespri Board is committed to paying a strong and stable dividend into the future, whilst building a strong capital base to support anticipated future growth
Our Board of Directors is chaired by Bruce Cameron, and he and the Directors offer a wide range of experience, from international marketing and corporate governance to industry knowledge and financial expertise. Their task is to provide strong strategic direction for the company and ensure it meets all regulatory requirements.
Meanwhile, our Executive Team is led by Daniel Mathieson; he and Zespri's high calibre managers have the skills and experience necessary to deliver for our stakeholders.
Around 550 employees make up the Zespri family globally. The entire Zespri family places great importance on investing in the future of our industry. We work toward this by fostering the education of our young people and our industry's future leaders, and by enriching the lives of people where we live, work and play.
- ZGL/ZIL Director since August 2010
- Zespri Chair since February 2019
Bruce Cameron is a long time kiwifruit grower. He also has a background in pastoral and arable farming, previously was the Managing Director of the Cameron Group of Companies whose interests were in the Quarry and Transport Industries up to 2007 when it was sold to Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure Ltd. Bruce has interests around property, dairy, beef, sheep and kiwifruit farming.
Bruce is Chairman of Realty Service Holdings Ltd and Waipuna Hospice and is on the boards of Cameron Farms Ltd and Gilston Mains Ltd, New Zealand International Business Forum and the New Zealand China Business Council.
- ZGL/ ZIL Grower Director since July 2014
- Deputy Chair since February 2019
- Chair of the People and Culture Committee
- Member of the Industry Advisory Committee
- Member of the Board Innovation Sub Committee
Paul Jones is a long term Kiwifruit grower and investor. He is a Founding Partner and Director of Direct Management Services (DMS), a post-harvest and orchard management company in the Bay of Plenty.
Paul has served on a number of industry entities and, prior to his appointment as Director, was a member of the KGI Forum, and a Director of Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH). He grows all Zespri commercial varieties and is actively involved in orchard management.
- ZGL/ZIL Independent Director since May 2013
- Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee
- Member of the People and Culture Committee
Mr. Mason has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, with an emphasis on emerging markets. After joining Zespri’s board in May 2013, Jonathan stepped down as Fonterra Co-operative Group’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined Fonterra in 2009 from US-based chemicals company Cabot Corporation where he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this he was employed as the Chief Financial Officer at forest products company Carter Holt Harvey and also served in senior financial management positions at US based International Paper and Exxon Mobil.
Mr. Mason has had governance experience for organisations in both New Zealand and the US. His directorships include Vector Limited, Westpac NZ, and Air New Zealand and he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, specialising in international finance.
- ZGL/ZIL Grower Director July 2018
- Chair of the Industry Advisory Council
Tony Hawken has had a long involvement in the kiwifruit industry. Until 2015 he was CEO of New Zealand’s largest Post Harvest operator, EastPack. EastPack is a grower-owned cooperative with around 750 shareholders.
During his time as CEO, Tony was involved with most of the kiwifruit industry forums.
Tony is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of AS Wilcox, and Intent Group Ltd. He is also Independent Chairman of Rakete Apples Partnership, Korokipo Apples Partnership, and Tapawera Hops Partnership. He is also business development manager for Trinity Lands Ltd.
Tony and his family also have interests in Dairying, being a Director of Hawken farms Ltd, and in conjunction with others is developing a new SunGold orchard.
- ZGL/ZIL Director May 2017
- Member of the Audit Risk Management Committee
Peter Springford is a New Zealander with extensive experience in the forestry industry. Peter joined Zespri Board in May 2017. Mr Springford has extensive experience in managing companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, including five years based in Hong Kong as President of International Paper (Asia) Limited and four years as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Carter Holt Harvey Limited. Mr Springford is a non-executive director of New Zealand Refining Company Limited and is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
- ZGL/ZIL Director since July 2012
- Chair Board Innovation Sub Committee
- Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Zespri Board appointed Director on Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH)
Nathan Flowerday comes from a farming and kiwifruit orchard background. After graduating from Massey University, Nathan spent several years as a rural bank manager for ASB Bank in the Bay of Plenty before joining Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (London) as a business analyst and management accountant; before returning to New Zealand in 2006.
Nathan became involved in the kiwifruit industry in 1997, when his family moved over from the Waikato and purchased their first kiwifruit orchard. Now, Nathan is involved in all aspects of kiwifruit growing owning several kiwifruit orchards and an orchard management and orchard contracting business. He is passionate about the kiwifruit industry, as well as ensuring Zespri continues to deliver premium kiwifruit to the world, resulting in strong returns back to Zespri growers and shareholders.
- ZGL/ZIL Director since November 2014
- Member of the People and Culture Committee
- Member of the Board Innovation Sub Committee
Teresa has a background in the commercialisation, innovation, marketing and business development of branded consumer dairy and other foods.
She has significant international business experience, having held a number of senior roles with Danone in both the USA and France from where she worked in a number of international markets. Her primary focus was on identifying, developing and delivering global growth initiatives with central and locally based teams. Beginning her career as a technician in the dairy industry, she is passionate about adding value to New Zealand’s primary and technology based industries.
Since returning to New Zealand, Teresa has advised a number of internationally focused businesses on their growth strategies and has developed a governance portfolio that also includes the boards of Firstlight Foods Ltd, AgResearch, Aspeq and Aviation New Zealand.
- ZGL/ZIL Grower Director July 2019
Craig Thompson has been in the kiwifruit industry for over 30 years and has orchard ownership both directly and via company shareholding in Gisborne, Opotiki, Te Puke and Latina Italy. He is a former Managing Director and current Director of OPAC, a post-harvest and orchard management company in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Craig worked for Zespri from 2015 to 2019 as the European Supply Manager for ZGS Europe based in Italy.
In his former OPAC MD role Craig was involved in various industry groups and was a Director of Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH). He grows both Zespri Green and Gold and is actively involved in orchard management via his business Thompsons Horticulture Ltd.
He is also involved with DCD Orchards Ltd and Kaiaponi Farms Ltd in Gisborne and he is a Director and has company shareholding on both companies.
Daniel Mathieson was appointed Chief Executive of Zespri in September 2017. He brings to the role a strong track record built over a 15-year career with Zespri, including his most recent role as President of Global Sales and Marketing.
In leading Zespri’s sales and marketing operations and offshore markets, Dan delivered a demand-led strategy, growing mature markets and diversifying into new ones. Dan also led the development of the sales and marketing function, with an increased focus on consumer insight, distributor and retailer relationships, and marketing excellence.
As Chief Executive, Dan is based between the head office in New Zealand and Zespri’s global sales and marketing hub in Singapore. His focus in leading Zespri continues to be on delivering growth and increasing value for the industry and shareholders.
Before Zespri, Dan worked in Tokyo for Omron and NEC in corporate communications, international marketing and project management roles. He grew up on the North Shore in Auckland and studied Japanese, Communications and International Business at the Auckland University of Technology and Waseda University in Tokyo. Dan has also completed an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore.
Chief Financial Officer
Richard joined Zespri in March 2019 as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for Finance, Corporate Performance, Compliance and Legal Services. Prior to joining Zespri Richard was CFO at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, he joined the business in 2011 before becoming CFO in 2013. Richard has a Degree in Chemistry from Warwick University and a MBA from Leeds University.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Blair Hamill joined Zespri in 2000 as Operations Accountant. In 2004 he was promoted to Commercial Manager in the New Zealand supply side of the business. In 2008 he was seconded to the 12-month non-New Zealand supply side of the business focusing on the Northern Hemisphere supply from Italy and France. In 2011 Blair was appointed General Manager Global Supply and was based offshore in Italy. Blair was appointed General Manager Supply Chain in December 2014.
Prior to joining Zespri, Blair worked in Chartered Accountancy and as a Management Accountant. He has a Business Studies Degree, majoring in Accounting from Massey University.
Chief International Production Officer
Sheila McCann-Morrison joined Zespri in June 2016, and has exceptional experience in the global fruit industry with a career spanning over 25 years and several continents.
She began her working life with Dole in Costa Rica, spending a period of 10 years, until 2000, where she had the responsibility as General Manager Dole fresh cut vegetables. She then moved to Chiquita Brands for a short period in Latin America before moving to Switzerland in 2009. At Chiquita, Sheila held Director Innovation and Country and European Regional Directorships in Switzerland.
Sheila is originally from the US, speaks several languages and holds an MBA from Harvard.
Chief Grower & Alliances Officer
David Courtney joined Zespri in 2011 and was appointed General Manager Grower and External Relations in July 2015. In this role he has responsibility for the grower services and external relations functions within Zespri.
Since joining Zespri, Dave has been responsible for several pivotal roles and addressed some significant challenges, both as Zespri Communications Manager and then through his work as Special Project Manager.
Before starting with Zespri, Dave worked in communications roles for the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to those roles he was a journalist working both within New Zealand and overseas. He has a Masters of International Relations from Victoria University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jiunn Shih joined Zespri as the Global General Manager Marketing in September 2016, following a career in sales and marketing in the FMCG industry. As GM Marketing, Jiunn directs Zespri's marketing communications, shaping strategic direction and guiding the deployment of all marketing channels. His responsibilities include Zespri's advertising, PR, media, brand, digital and consumer insights.
Prior to joining Zespri, Jiunn was a Senior Global Category Director and member of the Global Beverages Executive Team at Unilever, where he led brand development work for global brands such as Lipton and Carte D'Or. Jiunn has worked in a variety of countries across Latin America, Asia and Europe, performing local, regional and global brand marketing roles for some of the world’s biggest consumer goods brands.
Jiunn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from INSEAD.
Chief Market Performance Officer
Linda Mills joined Zespri in 2009 and has been responsible for the market allocation and optimisation function as well as Sales and Operations Planning. Reporting through to the President of Global Sales and Marketing, Linda is also involved in Market Development and longer-term strategic demand planning. Linda joined the Executive team at Zespri in 2013.
Prior to joining Zespri, Linda worked in the kiwifruit industry for over 15 years ranging from grading kiwifruit to being General Manager of the G6 Kiwi Supply Group. Linda has a Master of Science degree from the University of Auckland and Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University.
Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer
Carol Ward joined Zespri in April 2002 after two years with Kiwifruit New Zealand and Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (KGI). Initially working as the Global Marketing Manager for Gold, she moved to the role of Planning and Supply Manager in January 2006.
Carol was appointed to the role of Director Corporate and Grower Services in late 2008 and General Manager Marketing in April 2012. After spending 18 months located in the European head office in Antwerp, Carol moved to Taiwan in August 2013 and then Singapore. Carol was appointed General Manager for Innovation in January 2015 and is now based in New Zealand.
Prior to working in the kiwifruit industry, Carol held a variety of marketing and sales roles at Carter Holt Harvey Tissues and divisional management roles at Hanimex (NZ) Limited and New Zealand Dairy Foods.
Executive Officer Digital
Dave joined Zespri in October 2019 and leads our Digital Services team which is at the heart of our goal of creating a digital business – delivering a personalised service for our growers and customers, real-time data to drive decision-making, and more simplified business processes.
Dave was previously Chief Digital Officer at Ballance Agri-Nutrients and prior to that Chief Information Officer at LIC. He has held a number of senior digital roles in a number of organisations throughout his career including Rio Tinto and Fonterra.
Dave is a firm believer that any sort of digital change or transformation is not about the technology. It’s about enabling business strategy and solving business problems.
Chief People Officer
Edith joined Zespri as Chief People Officer in September 2019 from Ballance
Agri-Nutrients, where she led the People and Capability team for seven years.
Edith brings a passion for organisations being more successful through a
people-centric approach, leading best practice, cultural excellence and
capability development – attributes that relate strongly to what we value around
people and performance. Edith has over 25 years’ experience in both strategic
and operational Human Resources roles, building organisation capability and
culture, leadership and talent development, employee engagement, change
leadership and performance. Her human resource leadership roles span
manufacturing, primary industry, health and financial services, including global
companies such as Cadbury, Kraft Foods and SCA. Edith is of Ngati Pikiao and
Ngati Makino descent and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey
Chief Transformational Officer
Les joined Zespri in July, 2019, and is responsible for driving the whole of company Transformation programme.
Les is an experienced executive Programme Director who has successfully led a number of business transformation programmes and projects both in New Zealand, as well as in Australia. Les has extensive experience in the development of business strategies, and programme delivery. Les also has considerable experience in procurement and commercial and contract management including the management of multiple vendor contracts associated with large complex programmes of work.
Les has delivered large scale transformation programmes as Programme Director at healthAlliance, the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Fonterra, Harvey Norman Australia, and has also held positions as Chief Information Officer at Harvey Norman Australia, Partner at IBM, Vice President at Cap Gemini, Director/Associate Director at Ernst and Young, and General Manager / Chief Engineer at Unilever.
Les holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership / MBA, an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Tracy joined Zespri in April 2010 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors, and is responsible for managing the CEO’s Office. Prior to joining Zespri, she spent almost a decade working at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board supporting the GM of Planning and Funding, the Chief Medical Director and Director of Nursing. Tracy has more than 20 years administrative experience within the horticultural, health and hospitality industries and is Group President for the Tauranga Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc.