[28 January/NZ Herald]

John Wilson, Fonterra’s former chairman, has died. Mr Wilson stood down from the top role at the company in July after a serious health scare and Fonterra reported that Mr Wilson, who was in his mid-50s, passed away after a hard-fought battle with illness. He is survived by his wife and four daughters. In a note to the co-operative’s farmer-owners his successor, John Monaghan said that the co-op owes John and his family a debt of gratitude for all the time, energy and sheer hard graft he gave as a farmer-owner, inaugural chairman of the Fonterra Shareholder’s Council, as a Farmer Elected Director from 2003 and as Chairman from 2012. He added that John always brought dedication, commitment, and deep dairy knowledge to each of the representation and governance roles in which he served. Mr Monaghan said we have lost a friend, colleague, leader and champion for our industry much too soon. Our thoughts and deep gratitude for all that he contributed go to his family and friends.