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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.”

Miles Hurrell

Chief Executive Officer, Fonterra

Miles Hurrell


Miles Hurrell 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.


Miles has worked for Fonterra for 19 years, in a career spanning four continents. Prior to being appointed CEO, Miles held the role of Chief Operating Officer, Farm Source, with responsibility for farmer services and engagement, milk sourcing and the operation of New Zealand’s 70 Farm Source™ retail stores. 

Before this, Miles held a number of leadership roles across Fonterra, including Group Co-operative Affairs Director and General Manager Middle East, Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe, where he led a period of sustained growth across the region. Earlier in his career, Miles worked as the General Manager of Global Sourcing and oversaw the streamlining of the Co-operative’s European operations.

Miles has completed management programmes at INSEAD (International Executive Development), London Business School (Finance), Kellogg’s North-Western University (Global Sales) and the International Institute for Management Development (Marketing).


Robert Spurway


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

Chief Operating Officer Global Consumer and Foodservice

Judith Swales leads Fonterra’s Global Consumer & Foodservice business, responsible for delivering innovative nutritional products and solutions to customers in over 80 countries.


Prior to this, she led Fonterra’s innovation business unit, shaping the future of Fonterra by harnessing innovation, emerging technologies and game changing business models.


Judith joined the Co-operative in 2013 as Managing Director Fonterra Oceania, where she led the successful turnaround of the Australian business and oversaw 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 leadership and business turnarounds.  Prior to joining Fonterra, she was the Managing Director of Heinz Australia. Before that, she was the CEO and Managing Director of Goodyear Dunlop for Australia and New Zealand, and was also previously Managing Director of Angus and Robertson.

She has served as a Non-Executive Director on the DuluxGroup Board since April 2011 and is a Director on the Global Dairy Platform Board. Judith has a degree in Microbiology and Virology.


Kelvin Wickham


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.


Marc Rivers


Marc Rivers joined Fonterra in February 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the Co-operative’s finances, procurement and information systems. He is an experienced global finance executive with strong strategic leadership capability. Prior to joining Fonterra, he was the CFO at Roche Pharmaceuticals Division in Switzerland, with oversight of NZ$54 billion in sales including 14 manufacturing sites around the world.

His division was responsible for product distribution for 140 countries, focusing on the innovation pipeline and customer and market development. He has worked in both emerging and established markets, including China, Japan, Thailand, Europe and the US. Marc has a strong track record and is known for his commitment to leading and developing his people while building diverse and inclusive teams.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and an International Masters of Business Administration, Finance and German from the University of South Carolina, Columbia USA.


Mike Cronin

Managing Director Co-operative Affairs

Mike is the Managing Director Co-operative Affairs, where he oversees Food Safety, Health and Regulatory, Governance, Risk and Audit, Farm Source, Sustainability, Global Stakeholder Affairs, Maori Strategy, Communications, Legal, and Purpose teams.


Mike is also responsible for co-ordinating the CEO’s office, the Fonterra Management Team, and the Fonterra Board.

After joining Fonterra in 2002, Mike has worked on many of Fonterra’s most significant projects, including the buyback of the Anchor brand in New Zealand, Trading Among Farmers, the Governance and Representation Review, and the refresh of the Fonterra Purpose.

Prior to 2014 when he joined the Fonterra Management Team, Mike was the General Manager of Strategy Deployment and then Group Director Governance and Legal. Mike has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.


Deborah Capill

Managing Director People and Culture

Deborah Capill joined Fonterra as Managing Director People and Culture in February 2019. She leads a team responsible for delivering Fonterra’s people strategy, which includes innovative solutions to attract, develop and retain the best global talent and drive strong engagement across the Co-operative’s 22,000 employees.


With over 25 years’ global experience in both strategic and operational Human Resources roles, Deborah has previously worked for several market-leading companies including Deutsche Post DHL, Williams Lea Tag, NZI and Kodak NZ.  

Her specialties include building organisation capability and culture, extensive change management experience, managing shared service centres, organisation design, talent management and executive management development.

Deborah is a New Zealander but through her career has lived and worked in Singapore, Belgium, Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and Germany.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Diplomas in Business Management and Personnel Management.