[26 June/Farmers Weekly]

Leon Clement has been announced as Synlait Milk’s new chief executive and will start in August. He was previously Managing Director of Fonterra Brands. His appointment was the outcome of a global recruitment search following John Penno’s announcement to stand down. Chairman, Graeme Milne, said Leon had led major businesses internationally and had deep experience in the branded dairy sector. The board of directors was pleased to have attracted a high calibre candidate. Mr Clement said he was passionate about New Zealand agriculture and growing people and businesses in a sustainable way. He added the business was in fantastic shape and they would continue to target sustainable growth by leveraging the potential within the organisation. A brief transformation period would introduce Mr Clement to the organisation in August and support the business through the leadership change.