Danny Celoni appointed CEO of PepsiCo ANZ

PepsiCo has appointed Danny Celoni to the role of Australia and New Zealand CEO. He will assume responsibility for the snacks and beverages portfolios, including local brands Smith’s, Red Rock Deli and Bluebird; and international brands Pepsi, Gatorade and Doritos.

Currently PepsiCo ANZ’s Commercial Director, Danny will step into the role following the appointment of former CEO, Robbert Rietbroek to Senior Vice President and General Manager of PepsiCo’s Quaker Foods North America business.

Danny joined PepsiCo in November 2016, and has more than 22 years of experience in senior sales, commercial and strategy roles and in leading large-scale businesses across multiple geographies, including 17 years with Diageo, and four years in strategy consulting.

Adel Garas, President, PepsiCo Asia Pacific, said: “Danny brings to the role a deep understanding of our customers and the Australian and New Zealand retail environments. He has been instrumental in the growth of our brands over the past 18 months and is well placed to lead the team as we chart our next chapter.”

Danny Celoni said: “I couldn’t be prouder to lead PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. With an enviable portfolio of both home-grown and world-leading brands, and a great team of talented people, PepsiCo is in a strong position to continue to drive category-leading innovation and growth in Australia and New Zealand.”

Rabobank makes new board appointment

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group has announced the appointment of Jillian Segal AM to its boards.

Ms Segal, a respected company director with extensive regulatory and legal experience, joins the boards of Rabobank Australia & New Zealand’s major operating entities – Rabobank Australia Limited, Rabo Australia Limited and Rabobank New Zealand Limited.

Part of the global cooperative Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist food and agribusiness bank, Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is one of Australasia’s largest agricultural banks and a major provider of corporate and business banking services to the region’s food and agribusiness sectors. The bank also operates online retail savings and deposits business RaboDirect in both countries.

Announcing the appointment, Rabobank’s Australian & New Zealand chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden said Ms Segal’s extensive board experience across the private and public sectors, including in financial services – coupled with a career-long background in governance and law – made her an “ideal fit” for Rabobank’s Australian and New Zealand boards.

“We are truly delighted to have Jillian join the Rabobank boards,” he said. “She is one of Australia’s most accomplished and highly-regarded directors, and sought-after for her expertise in business, governance, banking, financial regulation and education. We are very pleased Jillian will now bring this expertise to Rabobank, as the bank further grows and develops in Australia and New Zealand’s burgeoning agricultural sector.”

Ms Segal previously served as a commissioner and later deputy chair at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and as a director of ASX Limited and National Australia Bank Limited, as well as board chair of the Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman, among a number of other board positions.

She currently holds a number of non-executive positions, including deputy chancellor of UNSW Australia, chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and the Australia- Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW), directorships with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Grattan Institute and Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust.

Ms Segal was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to business law, particularly in the areas of financial services reform and market regulation, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to society through business leadership. Ms Segal holds a BA LL.B from the University of New South Wales and has a Masters of Laws from Harvard Law School.

Ms Segal takes the seat on the Australian and New Zealand Rabobank boards left vacant by retiring former Rabobank Australian chairman Bill Gurry.

Sir van der Heyden paid tribute to Mr Gurry, who served on the Rabobank’s Australian and New Zealand boards since 2005, and as chairman of Rabobank Australia since 2009. A highly-experienced company director, Mr Gurry had held a number of senior roles in the financial services industry, including executive chairman of UBS Australia, CEO of Potter Warburg and managing director of National Mutual Royal Bank.

“Bill has made an outstanding contribution to Rabobank in both Australia and New Zealand over the past 13 years, overseeing more than a decade of extraordinary growth in the business,” he said.

In addition to chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden, Ms Segal joins other directors of Rabobank Australia & New Zealand – Anne Brennan, Andy Borland, Berry Marttin, Sander Pruijs, Geerten Battjes and Peter Knoblanche (managing director Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group and CEO Rabobank Australia).

HMPS appoints new CEO

Manufacturer of automated packaging machinery, HMPS has appointed Shaun Westcott as its new CEO.

Westcott is an experienced CEO who has developed and implemented strategies for growth in both commercial and operational roles. He brings with him a wealth of experience in leadership and development of multi-disciplined business and project teams utilising significant interpersonal and business skills to achieve outstanding performance in meeting business objectives.

His past roles have included senior management and executive positions in renewable energy, forestry, mining and beverage manufacturing. He has a keen understanding of lean manufacturing and developing an integrated value chain

“As our company keeps growing, we have identified a need for more systems and quality requirements which need to be met” said Mark Emmett, now Executive Chairman of HMPS.

“Shaun’s knowledge of operational procedures and his keen understanding of lean manufacturing is assisting us in streamlining our internal processes and offering customers a slicker and even more professional HMPS experience.”.

Emmett, previously Managing Director of HMPS, has now assumed the role of Executive Chairman and will still be fully involved with the business.

“I look forward to this new opportunity and the challenges it may bring as we continue to grow HMPS and our market share,” said Westcott.

Long-time Mondelēz International CEO retires

Irene Rosenfeld will retire from her role as CEO of Mondelēz International after 11 years in charge of the multinational food and beverage giant.

The company said in a statement Dirk Van de Put, current President and CEO of McCain Foods will succeed Rosenfeld when she steps down effective November 2017.

Van de Put will also join the company’s Board of Directors. Rosenfeld will continue as Chairman of the Board until March 31, 2018, at which point she will retire and Van de Put will assume the role of Chairman and CEO.

“I am very proud of what our 90,000 colleagues at Mondelēz International have accomplished,” said Rosenfeld.

“Throughout my tenure as CEO, the world and our industry have undergone a period of unprecedented change. During that time, we anticipated emerging challenges, adapted accordingly and created significant value for our shareholders. The outlook is bright for this great company — one of the few that has consistently delivered on both the top and bottom lines, while making critical investments for future growth.”

Van de Put brings nearly 30 years of experience in the food and consumer package industry to this new leadership role. He joins Mondelēz International from McCain Foods, the largest marketer and manufacturer of frozen french fries, potato specialties and appetizers.

Matthews Australasia appoints new CEO

Matthews Australasia has announced the appointment of Mark Dingley to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective July 1, 2017.

Dingley’s appointment coincides with the transition of current Managing Director Lester Nichol to the role of Chairman, after 36 years as CEO/MD.

Matthews is a market leader and has been a consistent innovator in the product identification, traceability and inspection sector, providing equipment, technology and services to Australian and New Zealand companies – predominantly, food & beverage, pharmaceutical and FMCG manufacturers.

Dingley joined Matthews in 1994, and before assuming his previous role as General Manager – Operations, was instrumental in developing and introducing Matthews’ iDSnet, the award-winning software that revolutionised the delivery of product identification and traceability solutions through the manufacturing process and throughout the supply chain. With the Matthews team, Dingley has recently presided over significant growth in vision, quality inspection systems and product authentication solutions that have provided itemised proof of providence for producers and exporters of Australian products. His career with Matthews has also included roles in customer service, marketing, product management and sales.

Lester Nichol said, “I am extremely confident that Mark’s energy, experience and dedication makes him the ideal appointment to this important role, and will ensure that Matthews Australasia continues to grow in a rapidly changing market.”

Nichol’s two sons, Ben and Matt, also form a part of the Matthews’ leadership group and continue to play significant staff roles in the business, including being active participants on the company’s Advisory Board.

Mark Dingley is also Chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is actively involved with GS1 Australia.


Ian Morrice to retire as Metcash Group CEO

Metcash  has announced that Ian Morrice has notified the Board of his intention to retire in 2018, following completion of five years in the role as Group Chief Executive Officer.

Morrice initially joined the Metcash Board as a non-executive Director on 12 June 2012, and was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer on 30 June 2013.

Metcash Chairman, Rob Murray said: “Ian has made a significant contribution to the transformation and growth of Metcash. He successfully led a number of key strategic initiatives, including the ongoing transformation program, divestment of our automotive business and the acquisition of Home Timber & Hardware. We now also have a very capable management team in place to take the business forward.

“Under Ian’s leadership, we have seen many of our Independent Retail customers improve their competitive position through implementing our transformation initiatives to deliver the ‘Best Store in Town’.

“Ian has also overseen the successful repositioning of the company with the delivery of a strong balance sheet and a lower cost base.

“The Board has been undertaking a comprehensive process ofsuccession planning following earlier advice from Ian that he was considering retiring at the end of five years in the role. We expect to be able to make an announcement on a successor in the near future,” said  Murray.

Morrice said “It is a privilege to lead the Metcash business and work with such a passionate team of people who fight for the success of independent family business every day. Therefore my decision to retire has not been an easy one”.

Morrice will remain as Group Chief Executive Officer up to the time of appointment of his successor and through a process that ensures a smooth transition.

New Chairman for Murray Goulburn

Troubled dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn (MG) has announced John Spark as the replacement for outgoing Chairman Philip Tracy.

Spark has extensive Board experience across a range of large and complex businesses, including the agricultural industry.

He was previously a Director of Ridley Corporation from 2008 until 2015 and served as Chairman from 2010. Since 2007 he has been a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Newcrest Mining. He also previously served on the Boards of ANL, Baxter Group Ltd and MacArthur Coal.

Tracy was at the helm last year when MG retrospectively cut farm-gate milk prices. This move put many dairy farmers in a precarious financial position and led to calls for changes at MG. 

Adam Jenkins, President of lobby group United Dairy Farmers, told the ABC that the change allows MG and its suppliers to “move forward”.

“This has been an incredibly tough 12 months for MG suppliers, and the Australian industry,” he said.

Spark said it was an enormous privilege to be appointed Chairman by the Board of MG. “It is a true honour to have an opportunity to apply my passion and expertise to the Chairmanship of Murray Goulburn, a proudly farmer-controlled co-operative that has grown to become Australia’s largest dairy producer and one of the country’s largest agricultural exporters,” he Spark said.

“As Chairman, I look forward to playing a central role at Murray Goulburn and working closely with my fellow Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Ari Mervis, to build a stronger company for the future.”

Sanitarium NZ gets new boss

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing New Zealand has appointed Rob Scoines as it new general manager.

Scoines brings excellent leadership and experience in building high performing teams to his new role.

His wealth of experience in Sanitarium is represented by his significant years of service in a variety of roles, including accounting, HR, logistics, and manufacturing in locations across New Zealand and Australia.

Most recently, Scoines’ achievements as the general manager for logistics has seen Sanitarium Australia become the preferred supplier with the company’s trading partners over the past 10 years.

He has accomplished incredible feats of endurance personally through his participation in marathon events and mountain climbing, and has shown genuine passion for making a difference in the community.

“I enjoy a challenge and am motivated by Sanitarium’s purpose of sharing health and wellbeing,” says Scoines.

“I see leadership as a privilege because it’s an opportunity to positively impact people as they grow and develop, while they in turn make a positive impact on the business and the community. Being the country’s number one breakfast food manufacturer offers us a unique opportunity to make a difference.”

In the last financial year, Sanitarium New Zealand achieved a sales turnover of $150 million and provided more than 500 million serves of healthy products for consumers.

Coca-Cola loses Australian beverage boss

Coca-Cola Amatil’s Managing Director Australian Beverages, Barry O’Connell will step down after four years with the company.

The company said in a statement that Peter McLoughlin will take over from O’Connell  (pictured) pending the completion of a full internal and external search.

O’Connell, who took charge of the beverage supplier’s Australian operations in July 2014 after running the group’s New Zealand business, will return to Europe.

“Over the last three years Barry has built a strong foundation for our Australian Beverages business through his leadership of our transformation program and focus on rebalancing our portfolio to deliver a sustainable business for tomorrow,” said Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins.

The company said that McLoughlin will continue to implement the initiatives currently underway across the Australian market.

Image: Coca-Cola Amatil


Woolworths appoints new supermarket boss

Woolworths has appointed experienced Tesco executive Claire Peters as managing Director, Woolworth Supermarkets.

Peters brings with her more than 20 years of retail experience, most recently as Chief Operating Office of Tesco Thailand, where she currently has overall responsibility for the supermarkets supply chain and logistics encompassing 60,000 employees across 1,900 stores and six distribution centres.

In her new role, she will report to CEO Brad Banducci and lead a team of more than 115,000 team members across 992 supermarkets.

“After an extensive search for the right candidates, we are delighted to welcome someone of Claire’s calibre to our team,” Banducci said in a statement.

“Woolworths is one of Australia’s most iconic brands. The strategy for our transformation is clearly defined and starting to deliver results. Claire has a proven track record in working with teams to deliver against key strategic objectives and she is the right person to work with our tea to continue the good progress we have already made.”

Peters will assume the role on 1 July 2017.

Pepsico ANZ announces two new appointments

PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand has announced the appointments of Tami Cunningham as Marketing Director – Australia and New Zealand and Danny Celoni as Commercial Director – Australia.  Both will join the Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to PepsiCo Ms Cunningham (pictured top) was with The Wrigley Company, part of the Mars group, where she held the position of Marketing Director for three years.  She was responsible for the Asia Pacific marketing function for gum, mints and confectionary, driving the brand, customer and communication strategy.  Prior to this, Ms Cunningham worked at Lion across various different roles within the Beers, Spirits and Wine side of the business.

Ms Cunningham will be responsible for leading the innovation agenda within PepsiCo ANZ, and building and strengthening the brand portfolio.  Her remit will span all snacks’ and beverages’ marketing across the ANZ region.  She joins on the 12th September 2016.

Mr Celoni (pictured below) joins PepsiCo from consulting firm, Real World Marketing, where he was MD of the Commercial Division working with major FMCG suppliers on commercial strategy, capability and joint business planning.

Danny Celoni image

Prior to RWM, Mr Celoni worked for Diageo across a number of different roles over 16 years, including Commercial Director – ANZ , VP Commercial – Thailand, Sales Director – Korea, Commercial Director – AP based out of Singapore where he and his teams led route to market, capability as well as trade and channel strategy initiatives across Asia Pacific.

Mr Celoni will be in charge of leading the customer business development and commercial strategy at PepsiCo ANZ, as well as driving joint business partnering with key retail partners.  He joins on the 7th November 2016.


George Weston Foods appoints new Chief Executive

George Weston Foods Limited (GWF) has announced the planned departure and retirement of Andrew Reeves, Chief Executive, and the appointment of internal successor, Stuart Grainger, to succeed him.

Over the past five years, Reeves (pictured left) has led GWF’s $100M turnaround and established the foundations for the Company’s future growth.  ABF CEO, George Weston paid tribute to Andrew Reeves’ achievements as Chief Executive during his tenure with the business.

Weston said, “Andrew joined GWF in 2011 and has led the business successfully through a major turnaround, restoring business stability and performance, improving safety, retailer relationships and attracting and developing talent – all critical to the Company’s future growth.  I would like to sincerely thank Andrew for his significant contribution over the past five years and recognise the legacy he leaves in transforming GWF into the sustainable business it is today. I wish him all the best for his future.

“I’m also delighted to see Stuart Grainger appointed as the new Chief Executive, with his extensive experience in food and manufacturing industries, as well as 20 years with ABF. Following a search process, we’ve appointed a high calibre internal successor to lead GWF in the dynamic and increasingly challenging Australian and New Zealand food markets.”

Stuart Grainger’s (pictured right) career with ABF spans over twenty years and he brings a wealth of market, operational and leadership experience to this important role.  Stuart has extensive experience in the food industry and in driving value across the entire food supply chain from ‘farm to fork’.  Most recently, as Managing Director of Don Smallgoods, he led the business through a significant period of change including commissioning a new $280M state-of-the-art smallgoods factory in Castlemaine Victoria.

In the coming months, Andrew Reeves will support Stuart Grainger to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities so the business momentum continues strongly. Stuart will officially take over the role of CEO from September 2016 and will report directly to George Weston, CEO ABF.

Wrigley Pacific appoints new general manager

Confectionary company Wrigley Pacific has appointed Patrick Gantier as General Manager.

Gantier, formerly the General Manager, Mars Food France, has a 20 year career in fast moving consumer goods throughout Europe and the US. Joining Mars Food France in 2008 as Marketing Director, he was appointed General Manager in 2011. Under Gantier’s leadership as General Manager, Mars Food France delivered four years of sustained business growth.

Prior to joining Mars, Gantier worked for 12 years in various marketing roles in France, Central Europe and the US for prominent French multinational cheese manufacturer BEL, where he had success in building brands and effective marketing teams in diverse market environments. Mr Gantier has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance and a Master’s degree in Marketing.

Gantier is joining Wrigley Pacific at an exciting time, with the company recording excellent growth in 2015 off the back of its well-executed relaunch of category-leading Extra chewing gum and the popularity of highly successful brands like Starburst, Skittles and Eclipse mints.

As a subsidiary of Mars, Wrigley Pacific was jointly recognised as one of Asia’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2016, ranking at number eight in the Great Place to Work Awards and the only manufacturing business in the Top 10. It was also recognised as one of Australia’s best workplaces in 2015 by the BRW Great Place to Work Awards. Together, all Mars subsidiaries were ranked as the 15th best places to work in the country, and the only manufacturing businesses in the Top 25.

“It is a great time to be joining Wrigley Pacific,” Gantier said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to explore how we can use local and global shopper insights to partner with retailers and implement forward thinking merchandising solutions. I’m thrilled to be working with such a high performing team and look forward to driving ways in which we can improve the shopping experience and continue to deliver impressive results to drive growth in the gum, mint and confectionery categories.”

Woolworths announces $972.7m loss, appoints new CEO

Woolworths has posted a net first-half loss of $972.7m and appointed Brad Banducci as CEO and Managing Director.

The company said in a statement that the result followed a massive $3.25 billion loss from its Masters home renovations business.

In January, Woolworths decided to close the Masters chain which had failed to compete with Bunnings.

The appointment of Banducci takes effect immediately. He will also continue in his previous role as Managing Director of Woolworths Food Group until a replacement is decided upon.

“We undertook a rigorous international search process to find the best person to rebuild the Woolworths business and return it to sustainable growth. While there were several strong candidates, the Board was unanimous that Brad was the strongest of the field,” said Woolworths Chairman Gordon Cairns.

“Brad has had 25 years in retail, including 15 years consulting to some of the world’s leading retailers, as well as private equity experience in retail. He has had five years with Woolworths , including his role in leading the growth of Woolworths Liquor Group. During this time he was instrumental in the development of Dan Murphy’s, one of Australia’s great retailers.”

Banducci said he was honoured to lead Woolworths and its 200,000 employees.

 “I am an entrepreneur at heart, and a retailer by discipline, and I want us to take our company back to its best levels of performance. My goal as CEO will be to recapture the spirit of innovation and customer focus right across the business, and to grow a culture where our people once again feel a strong ownership of the business.

TasFoods appoints new CEO

TasFoods has appointed Jane Bennett as its new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

The company said in a statement that Bennett, who has been operating as Head of Strategic Development and General Manager of Dairy since September 2015, has also been appointed to TasFoods’ Board.

Bennett has extensive experience in the premium branded food industry in Tasmania, including as the former managing director of Ashgrove Cheese, one of Australia’s leading premium dairy brands.

She also chaired the Tasmanian Food Industry Council for 8 years and was a board member of the Brand Tasmania Council for 10 years. Jane has spent the past 4 years working as a non-executive director in a diverse portfolio of companies including the CSIRO, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Van Diemen's Land Company and Tasmanian Ports Corporation.

The company said that TasFoods is building into a successful branded food business based on the unique attributes of Tasmania and its produce.