Fonterra Co-operative Limited has announced the appointment of its new Australian managing director, Judith Swales.
Swales was previously MD at Heinz Food Australia and also has experience at Goodyear Dunlop, Angus and Robertson as well as WH Smith and the food division of Marks and Spencer in the UK.
Fonterra chief executive officer, Theo Spierings, said "I am confident Judith can provide the leadership to accelerate the turnaround and growth of our Australian business.
"Judith has been credited with leading successful turnarounds and generating extremely strong business results. She has extensive experience across retail, sales, marketing and manufacturing operations, together with a strong track record in developing talent and building leadership within businesses."
Swales said she sees huge opportunity in Fonterra's business and plans to establish closer relationships with customers and end-users.
"It’s no secret that the Australian food manufacturing sector is facing some tough challenges. Fonterra has invested in a complete farm-to-consumer supply chain in Australia, has good relationships with farmer suppliers and customers, and the best dairy know how in the world. As I see it the challenge is to get even closer with our customers and consumers and really understand how we can deliver to them the next big thing in dairy," she said.