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.
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 Peter McBride, 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 Lain Jager; he and Zespri's high calibre managers have the skills and experience necessary to deliver for our stakeholders.
Around 400 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 2002
• Chairman since May 2013
• Director of Zespri Innovation since 2002
Peter McBride became a Zespri director in 2002 and has been Zespri chairman since 2013. He represents Zespri International as a Director on the New Zealand International Business Forum and as a member of the New Zealand – China Council.
Peter’s career has focussed on agribusiness development and management in the New Zealand kiwifruit and dairy industries. As well as being an investor in the kiwifruit and dairy industries, Peter has financial interests in the New Zealand avocado and forest products sectors.
Peter has a long history of service to charitable organisations. He was a former director of Longview Charitable Trust Board (Dairy) in the Waikato and has been a Director of Centrefarm Aboriginal Horticulture in Australia since 2008. He is also currently the General Manager of Horticulture for Trinity Lands Ltd, a large scale dairy and kiwifruit charitable trust.
As well as his agribusiness background, Peter’s horticultural science experience has led him to have a strong interest and governance focus on innovation in the New Zealand kiwifruit Industry, including serving as Chairman of Kiwifruit Vine Health from 2011 to 2013, in response to the outbreak of Psa in New Zealand.
• ZGL/ZIL Director since August 2010
• Chairman of the Organisation & Administration Committee
• Member of the Industry Advisory Council
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, diary, beef, sheep and kiwifruit farming.
Bruce is on the boards of Cameron Farms Ltd, Gilston Mains Ltd, and is Chairman of the Waipuna Foundation.
- ZGL/ZIL Independent Director since May 2013
- Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee
- Member of the Organisation & Administration 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.
Tony de Farias
- ZGL/ZIL Director since 2007
- Member of the Industry Advisory Council
A Zespri Director since 2007, Tony de Farias also holds a number of governance roles in the Agricultural / Horticultural sector covering Dairy and Pipfruit in addition to Kiwifruit, where he is the independent Chairman of Opotiki Packing and Coolstorage Limited (Opac).
He is also a Director of BOP diversified Lines Company, Horizon Energy Group as well as an Independent Director of Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited. Community interests include Chairmanship of Grow Whakatane Advisory Board. Previously a director of the BOP Rugby Union, he now holds a position as independent Director of Chiefs Rugby. Tony de Farias has a long history in the kiwifruit industry including orchard ownership, involvement in several industry bodies and the establishment of Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited which he managed until 2006.
Tony has direct interests in Kiwifruit orchard investments located in Te Puke.
- Zespri Grower Director since July 2014
- Chairman 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.
Paul also has interests in avocados, dairy and forestry. He is a Director of a number of private companies and a Trustee of a charitable trust.
- GL/ZIL Independent Director since 2005
- Member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee
David Pilkington joined Zespri with an extensive career in the New Zealand agricultural industry, including 28 years with Fonterra (formerly the New Zealand Dairy Board) where he held a number of senior management positions, including Chief Executive Officer of the Dairy Board's operations in both North America and Japan. His most recent role at Fonterra was a Managing Director of New Zealand Milk, the global consumer products and food-service business.
David's current governance roles include, Port of Tauranga (Chair), Rangatira (Chair), Hellers (Chair), Zespri Group Limited, Tuatara Brewing, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Northport Limited and PrimePort Timaru.
David has completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard University and attended London Business School.
- ZGL/ZIL Director since July 2012
- Chairman 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 Organisation and Administration 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.
Lain Jager joined Zespri in 1999 as Human Resources Manager and was promoted to General Manager Supply Chain in July 2004. Lain was appointed Acting Chief Executive in July 2008, and Chief Executive in December 2008.
Before Zespri, Lain was Director, Human Resources at the Sheraton Auckland and prior to that he was Executive Development Manager for Pacific Steel and Human Resources Manager for Sheraton Rotorua. Lain, who grew up in New Plymouth, has a Masters degree in Psychology, Philosophy and English from the University of Waikato.
Global President of Sales and Marketing
Daniel Mathieson joined Zespri Japan as a member of the operations team in 2003. He was promoted to Operations Manager for East Asia (China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, SEA/India), and in 2005 took over responsibility for Zespri Korea as Market Manager. After three successful years there, he was appointed Market Manager for the Southeast Asia Region, where he was able drive considerable growth in Zespri's new and fastest growing developing markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and India.
In April 2011, Daniel took on a global executive role as Vice President Sales and Marketing based in Antwerp, Belgium where he was charged with building and increasing the collective performance of Zespri's global sales and marketing leadership team, and in January 2013 he was appointed Zespri's President of Global Sales and Marketing in Tokyo.
Before Zespri, Daniel worked in Tokyo for Omron and NEC in corporate communications, international marketing and project management roles. Daniel, who grew up on the Northshore in Auckland, has spent the last two decades studying, developing his leadership ability, and gaining hands-on market development experience across Asia, Europe and the Americas. He studied Japanese, Communications and International Business at the Auckland University of Technology and Waseda University in Tokyo, and completed an Executive MBA from the National University of Singapore.
Chief Financial Officer
In February 2015, David was appointed Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the overall finance and information services functions of the Zespri Group of Companies.
Before joining Zespri, David held the role of CFO and Vice President, Commercial and Pacific Islands for NZ Steel.
Prior to this David, a Waikato University graduate, worked for Lion Nathan in Financial Controller and Group Management Accountant roles. He had a short period with Oxygen Business Solutions (the IT division of Carter Holt Harvey) before moving to Fonterra in 2002 where he held three senior roles; GM, Fonterra Business Services and Global Finance Integration Manager. He then moved to Germany where he was Chief Financial Officer of a JV between Friesland Campina and Fonterra.
Chief Operating Officer
Simon joined Zespri in April 2008 and was responsible
for the development of global fruit production and sourcing, research and
development, and grower services. As well as managing the Grower Services
and Government Relations teams, in 2013 Simon was appointed as General Manager
China. In late August 2014 Simon was appointed Chief Operating Officer,
providing strategic leadership and integration on the supply side of the
Prior to this he had 14 years international general management and business
development experience with Veolia Environment, the €30 billion global leader
in environmental services. His most recent role was as the Deputy Vice
President/Commercial Director – Global Industrial Markets Division. Simon
graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Management Studies
(Commerce/Marketing) before joining Ford Motor Company.
General Manager Supply Chain
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.
General Manager Innovation
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.
General Manager Marketing
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.
General Manager Grower and External Relations
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.
General Manager Global Supply
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.
General Manager Europe
Bert Barmans started at Zespri in 2000 as Market Manager for Benelux and Nordic, and was later in charge of all Eastern Europe sales before becoming Sales Manager for Europe and MEIOA in 2006. In April 2011, Bert was promoted to General Manager Europe.
Before Zespri, Bert worked in different retail functions for Exxon, IKEA and a Belgian subsidiary of Carrefour. He holds a degree in International Economics and Econometrics from the Leuven University, Belgium.
Group Human Resources Manager
Patrick joined Zespri in April 2016 as the Group HR Manager, responsible for the Human Resources function across the Zespri Group.
Before joining Zespri, Patrick led the business partnership function of NZ Inland Revenue where he was responsible for both HR business partnership and the provision of strategic HR insight into IR's business transformation programme.
Prior to this, Patrick had a varied international career which included working as a Human Capital Consultant for Deloitte (in New Zealand, Australia, London and Belfast); a Global Business Manager for an international diagnostics manufacturer and an infantry officer in the British Army. Patrick holds an Honours degree in Communication, Advertising and Marketing and has completed post-graduate study in Human Resources.
Katherine Evans has been with Zespri since 2008 and holds a practising certificate from the New Zealand Law Society. Prior to joining Zespri, Katherine was General Counsel for Orion Health, after having practiced law with leading firms in New Zealand and Canada for a number of years. She has a law degree and a criminology degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Global Manager Information Systems
Andrew Goodin has been with Zespri since 2009 and is responsible for global information systems strategy, technology delivery and support. Prior to joining Zespri, Andrew worked for Fonterra where he held a number of roles in IT, supply chain and programme management. Over the last 18 years Andrew has had significant international experience across several industries including consumer goods, telecommunications, technology consulting and health care where he has held roles in IT, supply chain and programme and project management. He has a Strategic Management degree from the University of Waikato.
Global Marketing Manager
Melanie Palmer joined Zespri in August 2006. Prior to joining the marketing team, Melanie had the responsibility for corporate communications, issue management, events, and Zespri's annual tours programme.
Prior to Zespri, Melanie worked in corporate communications roles for Skycity Entertainment Group and Carter Holt Harvey.
Oliver joined Zespri in August 2014 and is responsible for external and internal communications, tours and events.
Before joining Zespri, Oliver was Vice President of Communications for BP in the Middle East, based in Abu Dhabi. He worked in various roles during 14 years with BP, including in internal communications, public relations, political risk and corporate social responsibility, involving assignments in the UK, Azerbaijan and the UAE. Oliver was previously a reporter for Financial Times Energy in London and has a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Durham and a Master's degree in International Development from the University of Birmingham.
Regional Manager MEIOA/Americas
Ben Hughes joined Zespri in 2012 as Regional Manager for the Middle East, Africa and Indian sub-continent. Based in Dubai, he focused on sales, marketing and operations. In April 2014 Ben was appointed as Regional Manager MEIOA/Americas, and in 2016 he was appointed Regional Market Manager Americas.
Prior to joining Zespri, Ben worked for Fonterra Brands based in Dubai in a variety of marketing and business development roles covering the Middle East, Africa and former Russian Federation countries. In New Zealand, Ben worked for Goodman Fielder in marketing and category management roles. Ben has a Masters degree in Marketing and International Management from Waikato University.
Regional Market Manager South East Asia
Originally from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Andrew Common studied Agribusiness at Massey University between 1997 and 2000. Following study, Andrew travelled to the United Kingdom for two years where he worked for a UK-based produce company managing operations and logistics.
Returning to New Zealand in 2002, he joined the Freshmax Group in an operations and logistics role.
In 2007, Andrew joined Kiwi Crunch, a large New Zealand Apple exporter, as Sales and Marketing Manager. In this role, he worked across all major global markets.
In 2011, Andrew became General Manager for Kiwi Crunch and was also elected as a director for Pipfruit New Zealand Inc, the New Zealand apple industry representative body. In late 2015, he was fortunate to have an opportunity to join Zespri, based in Singapore. Presently, his responsibilities extend to the management and oversight of Korea, Taiwan and all South East Asian markets.
Global Manager Commercial Development
Steve Bunyan moved from the forestry sector to Zespri in 2002 when he was employed as Zespri Group Management Accountant. Since then, Steve has held key positions in Zespri's Marketing Services and Supply Chain teams in New Zealand. In 2011 Steve moved to Singapore to manage the Southeast Asia market and in early 2014 was appointed Regional Manager East and Southeast Asia.
Steve has a background in accounting and finance, initially working in business banking before spending five years at Rayonier and Fletcher Forests. Steve is a member of NZICA with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.
Sales and Operations Planning Manager
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.
Country Manager Japan
Ichiro Anzai joined Zespri
in September 2014 as Japan Country Manager.
He has exceptional experience of sales and marketing built over a 25-year
career across a number of top level FMCG/food industries such as Bausch &
Lomb, Unilever and McDonald’s Japan. He is now applying his leadership for
successful growth and sales records in a highly competitive matured market. Ichiro
completed MBA in 1995 from Thunderbird Graduate School of International
Management in Arizona.
Country Manager China
Lewis Pan has joined Zespri in early 2014 as Country Manager of China and Hong Kong, to build and manage the full-functional team for the big growth potential of the China market. Within three seasons China has become the largest single volume market as well as being an extremely valuable market. Lewis has started his career with New Zealand Dairy Board in Wellington, and has over 16 years of China and New Zealand sales and marketing and management experiences. Prior to joining Zespri, he held management and marketing positions in China, including as Business General Manager of Chiquita China and National Marketing Director for FeiHe Dairy International. He also worked for Colgate Palmolive New Zealand, and in brand management with Fonterra in both China and New Zealand.
Lewis graduated with BSc Degree in Genetics and BCA Degree in Finance at Victoria University of New Zealand, and MSc Degree in Genetics at Massey University of New Zealand.
Business Development Manager
Nick Padfield joined Zespri in 2007, and has been a member of the Zespri Global Executive since mid-2014. Nick joined Zespri as Group Financial Controller, and in 2012 transitioned to a project implementation role. Nick was Acting Chief Financial Officer from July 2014 to February 2015, and today is Business Development Manager.
Nick has a background in accounting and finance, initially working for KPMG Auckland, and then moving to the Channel Islands for four years working in the banking industry. Since his return to New Zealand in 2002, Nick has worked in the NZ horticultural sector at ENZA, Turners and Growers and Zespri. Nick is a NZ Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Services from Otago University.
Group Financial Controller
Rebecca Callaghan joined Zespri in 2012 as Group Tax Manager and moved to the role of Group Financial Controller in 2014. Prior to joining Zespri Rebecca had 15 years' experience in the banking and insurance sector in financial and tax roles after starting her career with Ernst & Young.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor degree in Law and Commence from the University of Auckland.
Internal Audit and Compliance Manager
Colin Pretorius has been with Zespri since 2002 having first been employed as Zespri Financial Accountant. Colin also spent two years with NZKGI before becoming the Zespri Group Auditor. Prior to immigrating to New Zealand from South Africa, Colin held senior roles in the financial service industry having worked at both Old Mutual as a Department Head in Corporate Treasury and as the Finance Manager and Senior Manager of International Operations at RMB Asset Management.
Colin has a background in accounting, finance, audit and tax, and is a Chartered member of NZICA. He has a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of South Africa, is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Internal Auditors and holds a CCEP-I certification from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.