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FSF - Nominations open for Fonterra Board of Directors' Election

Friday 4th August 2023

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Nominations for the Fonterra Board of Directors’ Election open on Friday, 4 August with an election to be held for two farmer-elected Directors.


This year Brent Goldsack and Cathy Quinn retire by rotation. Both Brent and Cathy have confirmed that they will be standing for re-election.


The Independent Assessment Process will be run first with a nomination period of 4 - 18 August 2023. The Independently Assessed Candidates will be rigorously assessed by an Independent Assessment Panel of three highly respected governance experts. This year, the Panel comprises Joan Withers (Chair of The Warehouse Group Limited), Rob Campbell (Chair of NZ Rural Land Limited and Ara Ake Limited) and Patrick Strange (Chair of Auckland International Airport Limited). Their role is to shortlist and recommend the best candidates to Fonterra’s shareholders.


The Returning Officer will announce the Independent Assessment Process candidates on Monday, 18 September 2023.


The Non-Assessment Process, where farmers can put themselves forward as a candidate for the Board outside the Independent Assessment Process, will follow with the nomination period running from 18 - 28 September 2023.


The Returning Officer will confirm all Directors’ Election candidates on Friday, 29 September 2023.


The Director Election will be held using the first past the post system via postal and online voting by eligible Fonterra shareholders.


The Independent Assessment Panel search brief along with the Candidate Handbook are now available from the Returning Officer, Warwick Lampp, from These documents provide prospective Director candidates with information on all aspects of the Election process including details of the skills and attributes that the Board is looking for in 2023.


Nominations for the Fonterra Co-operative Council and the Directors’ Remuneration Committee Elections will be called for on Tuesday, 12 September, and close at 12 noon on Thursday, 28 September.


Fonterra supplying shareholders are eligible to stand in the Fonterra Elections. Candidates must satisfy eligibility requirements to be elected and further procedural requirements are specified in the Election rules and the Candidate Handbooks.

Nominations open for Fonterra Board of Directors’ Election

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