Our Management Team
“This is an exciting time for Fonterra. Global demand for dairy is growing and we’re well-positioned to meet this growth, and continue delivering dairy nutrition to people across the world.”
Theo Spierings sets Fonterra’s overall direction and leads the Fonterra Management team. He is focused on building on Fonterra’s strengths and securing future growth for the Co-operative. Theo joined Fonterra in 2011, bringing with him extensive experience from across the dairy industry, particularly in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Theo has 30 years’ experience in the global dairy industry in a variety of roles including general management, operations and supply chain, and sales and marketing positions.
He was previously the acting CEO of Royal Friesland Foods, a Dutch dairy co-operative and, in 2008, led the Dutch dairy co-operative through a merger with Campina. Before taking up his leadership role at Fonterra, Theo ran his own company in the Netherlands focusing on corporate strategy, and mergers and acquisitions, in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Theo has a Bachelor of Arts in Food Technology/Biotechnology and a Master of Business Administration.
As Chief Operating Officer Farm Source, Miles is responsible for Fonterra’s New Zealand milk supply. Ensuring its sustainable growth and market share is a key aspect of Fonterra’s business strategy.
Miles joined the dairy industry in 2000 after spending the early years of his career working for a major international shipping line. By 2008, he had become Sales Director – Europe, responsible for leading the sale of dairy ingredients within the region. Miles then led the global sourcing division in North America, establishing business partnerships with a number of key suppliers, before becoming the General Manager, Global Sourcing in 2009.He became General Manager, Middle East, Africa and CIS in 2010.
Lukas Paravicini heads Fonterra's Global Consumer & Foodservice business whose 11,000 people are committed to bringing dairy nutrition to 80 countries across the world. He first joined Fonterra as CFO in 2013 after 22 years with Nestlé. Most recently Lukas was General Manager for Nestlé Professional Europe. Before this role he held a number of senior finance positions including CFO of Nestlé Brazil, Nestlé’s fourth largest market, Vice President of Global Business Services and CFO of Nestlé Professional, and Nestlé’s globally managed Out-of-Home business. He has an in-depth understanding of dairy and has lived and worked in some of Fonterra’s most strategically important markets.
Lukas holds a Business and Administration degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and speaks five languages.
Robert Spurway joined Fonterra in 2011. As Chief Operating Officer Global Operations, Robert leads Fonterra’s global operations business, responsible for the Co-operative’s manufacturing and supply logistics operations in New Zealand and around the world. In his previous role he was responsible for overseeing milk collection, manufacturing and logistics for the Co-operative’s New Zealand milk supply. Prior to that, he was Fonterra’s South Island Regional Operations Manager. In this role, he oversaw the greenfield development of the Co-operative’s Darfield site.
Robert has more than 20 years’ experience in the food and dairy industries. After managing the Northland Dairy Company’s Dargaville site, he moved to Australia in 1999, where he held various roles in Goodman Fielder Australia. From 2008 to 2011 he led two Australian food companies before returning to New Zealand. Robert holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Materials).
Judith Swales has been with the Co-operative since 2013. She was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) Velocity and Innovation in June 2016, and is responsible for driving efficiency across the Co-op, bringing increased commercial focus to Fonterra’s research, development and technology, and taking a strategic view on developing game changing business models. Prior to this appointment, Judith was the Managing Director of Fonterra Oceania, leading the successful turnaround of the Australian business and overseeing Fonterra Brands New Zealand.
The daughter of a milkman, Judith grew up helping her father on his daily milk run.
She has extensive experience in senior management and business turnarounds, and prior to Fonterra, Judith was the Managing Director of Heinz Australia and CEO and Managing Director of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and New Zealand. Before coming to Australia in 2001, Judith worked for a number of UK retailers which culminated in her move to Australia as the Managing Director of Angus and Robertson. She has served as a Non-Executive Director on the DuluxGroup Board since April 2011 and has a degree in Microbiology and Virology.
Kelvin Wickham leads the sales and marketing of all Fonterra ingredients globally, delivering solutions to our global customers, ensuring tactical optimisation of demand and supply (S&OP), and managing the NZMP™ brand. Kelvin has more than 25 years’ experience in the dairy industry and has played a key role in building markets, customer relationships and partnerships. His previous role of President Greater China and India focused on directing the development of Fonterra’s business in these expanding markets, during which he oversaw a period of rapid growth.
Prior to that, he led Fonterra’s Supplier and External Relations team, and was Managing Director of Fonterra’s Global Trade overseeing the launch of GlobalDairyTrade. From 2005 to 2007 he was the Director of Sales and Operations Planning. Kelvin holds a Chemical and Materials Engineering Degree, a Master of Management and a Diploma of Dairy Science and Technology.