Westland CEO steps down

By Jim Cornall

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Brendish is leaving Westland, which was acquired by Yili just over a year ago.
Brendish is leaving Westland, which was acquired by Yili just over a year ago.

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Slightly more than a year after Chinese dairy giant Yili took over the company, Westland Dairy Company Limited’s CEO, Toni Brendish, has announced she will leave the firm on Friday, August 7.

The new CEO will be Shiqing Jian, who is currently resident director for Westland Dairy Company Limited and Oceania Dairy Limited.

According to an announcement from the company, Brendish has reflected on her personal goals for the next five years and has decided to step down to allow a new leader to take Westland into the future with Yili.

“Repositioning Westland away from an historical commodities producer to a modern company with hugely successful branded products such as Westgold as well as segregated milk products among other key innovations has ensured that Westland will continue to be part of the New Zealand dairy industry for the next generation,’’​ Jian said.

“Yili is grateful to Toni for her stewardship of Westland over the past 12 months as we transitioned to Yili ownership. We wish Toni all the best for her future endeavors.’’

Jian said demand for Westland and Oceania’s products was continuing to rise internationally, demonstrating the value that global consumers place on New Zealand dairy goods.

“We are convinced that the future for the dairy industry in New Zealand is a very bright one indeed,’’​ Jian said.

“Increased demand for our products shows how much value global consumers place on the undoubted quality of New Zealand-based dairy products and their potential health benefits because of the advantages of New Zealand’s climate, location and quality processing facilities.

“We are committed to ensuring that our dairy processors play a strong role in the continued success of the New Zealand dairy industry by creating products of the highest calibre that contribute to the promotion of global good health.’’

Brendish said, “It has been a privilege and a delight to lead Westland over the past four years.

“It has taken an enormous amount of work to move Westland towards profitability but I am confident that Westland is now in a position to achieve this. I will continue to watch Westland’s journey closely and know that Westland’s dedicated and innovative staff will continue to keep pushing Westland forward.’’

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