Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker has been appointed to the Gardiner Dairy Foundation board, replacing retiring director Bega Cheese executive chairman Barry Irvin.
Mr Dedoncker said he welcomed the opportunity to contribute more than a decade of experience in dairy to help advance the Australian dairy industry.
‘‘I am impressed and excited by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, its investments, projects and scholarships,’’ he said.
‘‘It is making a very meaningful difference to the Victorian and Australian dairy industry and its strength and contribution is especially important to the industry’s future.’’
Gardiner Dairy Foundation chair Bruce Kefford welcomed Mr Dedoncker and thanked Mr Irvin, who he said had made outstanding contributions to the Gardiner Dairy Foundation over the past seven years.
‘‘René has been an influential leader in the dairy industry and brings his immense knowledge and enthusiasm to Gardiner at a time when the dairy industry is going through modernisation and change,’’ Mr Kefford said.
‘‘We are fortunate that he has come on to represent the interests of manufacturers.’’