Changes at the top – appointments at a2 Milk, Elopak, G. Willi-Food and Westland

By Jim Cornall

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There are new CEOs at G.Willi-Food, Elopak and a2 Milk. Pic:©GettyImages/HAKINMHAN
There are new CEOs at G.Willi-Food, Elopak and a2 Milk. Pic:©GettyImages/HAKINMHAN

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There have been several announcements of appointments at major companies in, or associated with, the dairy industry recently.

a2 Milk

The board of directors of The a2 Milk Company Limited has announced the appointment of Jayne Hrdlicka as managing director and CEO, to succeed Geoffrey Babidge who is retiring in 2018.

Hrdlicka was most recently employed for more than five years as CEO of the Jetstar Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas Limited, and also served as a non-executive director of Woolworths Limited during this time.

Given her current commitments, a2MC said Hrdlicka will take up the post around the start of 2019.

The company said Hrdlicka’s appointment follows the reorganization of responsibilities within the a2MC senior team during 2017 to further support the ongoing development of its businesses in Asia Pacific, including the appointment of Peter Nathan as chief executive Asia Pacific.

New CEO at G.Willi-Food

G. Willi-Food International Ltd., a global company based in Israel that specializes in the development, marketing and international distribution of kosher foods, including dairy products, announced today the appointment of Michael Luboschitz as its new CEO, effective January 1, 2018.

Luboschitz served since January 2012 as the VP commerce & sales of S. Schestowitz Ltd., an Israeli company which represents, imports, markets and distributes international and local brands in consumer goods and cosmetics.

Prior to that, from 2008 until December 2011, he served as chairman of the board of directors and CEO of MANA Ltd, an Israeli company founded by Luboschitz specializing in producing rice cakes, soup additives and a wide variety of salty snacks.

MacPherson joins Westland Milk board

Westland Milk Products shareholders confirmed farm owner, company director and former dairy veterinarian Andrew MacPherson as their newest director at the co-operative’s annual general meeting in New Zealand last week.

appointments - Andrew MacPherson

MacPherson has worked in a range of senior executive roles including as CEO. He has extensive experience across a range of agri-sector businesses as governor, senior manager, business owner and farm owner.

He has held CEO roles of AgVax Developments, Canesis Network, and Nimmo-Bell and was country manager for Intervet.   He also worked as general manager commercial development and (prior) GM strategy and performance for Landcorp and is currently CEO of FarmCare and GrazCare.

With shareholders recently approving a reduction in Westland’s board from 11 to eight (including a reduction in shareholder-elected directors from eight to five), and some current directors standing down, there was only one vacancy for Westland’s board this year.

Elopak announces new CEO and president

Thomas Körmendi is the new CEO and president of the Elopak Group, and will start in the position on April 1, 2018.


Körmendi is currently CEO at Kezzler AS, a Norwegian company working with the digitalization of packaging. Earlier in his career, he worked for Tetra Pak in various international positions for about 20 years. His latest position in Tetra Pak was as vice president and head of North Europe.

Körmendi will be based at Elopak’s group headquarters in Skøyen, Oslo, Norway.

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