[5 March/NZ Herald]

Fonterra Senior Executive, Philip Turner, is leaving the co-operative to become New Zealand’s new ambassador in South Korea. Mr Turner’s departure had been known in the market for some months, and Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, has announced his new appointment. He has held multiple senior positions with Fonterra since March 2007. Prior to this, he had multiple roles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including postings to the New Zealand embassies in Tokyo and Brussels. Mr Peters noted that since the entry into our Free Trade Agreement with Korea in 2015 trade had flourished. He added that Mr Turner’s role will also involve him in the geo-political machinations concerning North Korea’s nuclear programme and diplomatic isolation.