[22 March/The Country]

According to employment experts, Fonterra’s search for a replacement for current Chief Executive, Theo Spierings, will likely come down to between three to five candidates. Former Fonterra insiders said there were no obvious internal candidates for the role. Principal of Whitehead Group Employment Specialists, Max Whitehead, said there was a lot of work to be done to ensure potential candidates have the skills to lead a large and complex organisation like Fonterra.  Federated Farmers National Vice-President, Andrew Hoggard, said an ability to connect with farmers would be a useful trait, but should not be the sole focus. He added that there was a fine balance that needed to be achieved and that they would need to be able to respond to all of the challenges they would face.