Craig Norgate Appointed CEO
Wednesday 4 July 2001 For Immediate Release
Craig Norgate Appointed Ceo
The board of Global Dairy Company has appointed Craig Norgate as Chief Executive Officer, John Roadley, Chairman of Global Dairy Company, announced today.
“The board is delighted to have appointed a CEO with Craig's leadership skills and experience in the industry, from a list of candidates of extremely high quality," Mr Roadley said. "Craig has the huge responsibility of leading New Zealand's biggest company into the deregulated environment and building on our success over the last fifty years. In Craig, we have someone uniquely suited to head the new business we are creating. He has a track record of business growth, astute commercial decisions and strong leadership."
Mr Roadley said the appointment was unique. "This is the first time the New Zealand dairy industry has been unified under one Chairman and one CEO," he said.
The appointment was made on the recommendation of a board subcommittee consisting of Mr Roadley, Greg Gent, Henry van der Heyden, Graeme Hawkins and John Hood. It was assisted by the Australian office of Korn Ferry, an internationally-recognised firm with experience in multinational CEO recruitment.
Chief Executive Officer
Craig Norgate has more than ten years’ experience as a leader in the New Zealand dairy industry, and has been a director of the New Zealand Dairy Board since 1998. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Kiwi Co-operative Dairies after joining the company in 1991 as General Manager Administration. He is a director of Mainland Products Ltd and Peters & Browne Foods, and Chairman of Kiwi Dairy Products Ltd and Food Solutions Group.
Before joining Kiwi Co-operative Dairies, Mr Norgate worked for Lactose New Zealand, Lowe Walker New Zealand Ltd and the Department of Maori Affairs.
Mr Norgate graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies, in Accounting & Finance. He has subsequently participated in the European Institute of Business Administration's INSEAD general management programme in France, attended the Harvard Business School's Enhancing Corporate Creativity programme and INSEAD's AVIRA programme for top executives.
Mr Norgate is a director of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union. He and his family live in Auckland.