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.