Meet the team behind Synlait
Graeme joined the Synlait Group as a director in 2006. With extensive experience, his career in the dairy industry has seen him working in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. He is the Chairman of Synlait Milk Limited and Synlait Milk Finance Limited.
Graeme was appointed CEO of Bay Milk Products in 1992, and has held several leadership roles since then, including as CEO of the New Zealand Dairy Group, prior to the formation of Fonterra, and interim CEO of Richmond Limited and Bonlac Limited in Australia.
Graeme holds several other governance roles with a range of organisations. He is the Chair of Terracare Fertilisers Ltd, PF Olsen Limited and PF Olsen Group Limited and of Advisory Boards for Pro-Form Ltd and Rimanui Farms Ltd. He is also a Director of Nyriad Limited, Alliance Group Ltd and New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Leon joined Synlait in August 2018. He has led major businesses internationally, specifically in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and has deep experience in the branded dairy sector. Most recently, Leon was the Managing Director of Fonterra Brands New Zealand and prior to that was Fonterra’s Managing Director of Sri Lanka and Indian Subcontinent
Angela joined Synlait as its Chief Financial Officer in June 2020. Angela is an experienced senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the financial, professional services and insurance sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In addition to her strong financial experience, Angela’s areas of expertise include technology, strategy, retail finance operations and business intelligence. Angela has also held roles leading M&A transactions and business integration. Angela was previously Chief Financial and Information Officer at Public Trust. Prior to this, she held a range of senior finance, strategy and business performance and planning roles at IAG, NZX-listed Auckland International Airport, Telewest Communications, Royal Sun Alliance and PwC. Angela has an active interest in equity investing for female-led New Zealand start-ups through the Angel investment network, and currently serves as Auckland’s Regional Councillor for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.