Executive Team

Gareth Edgecombe

Chief Executive Officer

Gareth joined T&G as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. He has extensive experience in business turnarounds, building high performing teams and developing brands across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining T&G he was CEO of Comfort Group, President of the Campbell Soup Company for the Asia Pacific region, and President of The Coca-Cola Company’s South Pacific business. A former general manager of Puhoi Valley Cheese, Gareth has also served on the board of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Bastian von Streit

Chief Financial Officer

Bastian joined T&G as Chief Financial Officer from his homeland Germany in October 2018. He leads T&G’s global finance team across 12 countries. Previously, he was Head of Group Accounting at parent company BayWa AG, and Director of Finance and Accounting at Willy Bogner GmbH & Co KGaA in Munich, responsible for financial and group accounting, credit control, taxes and treasury. Bastian is a graduate of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

Rachel Stotter

Director International Sales

As Director International Sales, Rachel leads an international sales team who sell apples, grapes, berries and a number of other categories into more than 40 countries. She joined T&G in March 2019, having previously been Head of Sales and General Manager Dairy Category at Goodman Fielder New Zealand. Prior to that, Rachel held a number of sales and transformation roles across a ten-year period with Fonterra, including Director New Zealand Ingredients and General Manager Sales Excellence.

Peter Landon-Lane

Director Innovation & Technical

As Director Innovation and Technical, Peter leads T&G’s team responsible for identifying and commercialising new plant varieties and technologies. Peter joined in April 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, having previously been CEO of Plant & Food Research for nine years. Peter has significant international experience, having led Fonterra businesses in Europe, Japan and Taiwan. Earlier in his career he served as the New Zealand Trade Commissioner in the Philippines and in Beijing.

Heather Kean

Director People & Culture

Heather joined T&G as Director People & Culture in June 2018, with overall responsibility for shaping the change programme to transform T&G into a high performance organisation. Heather also leads the Health & Safety function at T&G. With over thirty years of HR experience, she deeply understands the role of organisational culture in driving business success. Previously, Heather was Head of HR with Goodman Fielder NZ, and before that Director Global HR at Fonterra. She was a founding partner of New Zealand recruitment agency, Pohlen Kean.

Andrew Keaney

Managing Director T&G Fresh

As Managing Director T&G Fresh, Andrew leads T&G Global’s domestic New Zealand business. His team is responsible for partnering with growers and customers to produce, import and sell year-round fresh, safe and sustainable produce to New Zealand consumers. Andrew joined T&G in May 2014 with extensive experience in the industry, having previously held senior roles with Foodstuffs New Zealand, Freshmax and Primor Produce.

Craig Betty

Director Operations

Craig joined T&G as Director Operations in October 2019. Based at its Hawke’s Bay site at Whakatu, Craig is responsible for leading T&G’s apple business, including its growing, packing and distribution operations. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer for Westland Milk Products, and General Manager Operations for Fonterra. Craig has extensive operations and supply chain management experience across a broad range of industries, including agribusiness.

Monique Mallon

Director IT

Monique joined T&G in September 2018, and has more than 25 years’ experience in IT and large-scale business transformation programmes. Having spent nine years as a senior consultant and 14 years working in lead roles with New Zealand businesses, Monique understands the need to deliver value through robust technology solutions which enable businesses to achieve their strategic objectives.

Adrienne Sharp

Head of Corporate Affairs

Adrienne joined T&G in January 2020 and has overall responsibility for protecting and enhancing T&G’s reputation with its stakeholders. She leads internal and external communications, government and industry engagement, sustainability and brand marketing. Adrienne has previously held senior communications roles at Fonterra, including General Manager Innovation Communications and General Manager News and Content. Prior to that, she was the Australian Managing Director for Baldwin Boyle Group.

Board Of Directors

Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz

Chairman and Non-independent Director

Prof. Klaus Josef Lutz has been Chief Executive Officer of BayWa Aktiengesellschaft (BayWa) since July 2008. He began his career initially as a lawyer but soon assumed managerial positions in a number of different sectors which enabled him to gain extensive experience, above all in the restructuring and development of
companies.

He is a member of the supervisory boards of a number of listed and private companies including Euro Pool System International B.V. (chairman), RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, Unser Lagerhaus Warenhandelsgesellschaft m.b.H and Giesecke & Devrient GmbH (chairman).

In 2013, Prof. Lutz was appointed as an honorary professor of Managerial Economics of Co-operative Societies at the Technische Universität München.

Andreas Helber

Non-independent Director

Board committees: Member of the Finance, Risk and Investment Committee.

Andreas Helber has been BayWa’s Chief Financial Officer since 2010. Mr Helber began his career at KPMG in Munich where he qualified as a tax consultant and auditor.

Mr Helber is a member of the supervisory boards of a number of private and listed companies including R+V Pensionversicherung AG, RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, and Unser Lagerh

Carol Campbell

Independent Director

Board committees: Chair of the Finance, Risk and Investment Committee, Member of the Human Resources Committee.

Carol Campbell is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. She was a partner at Ernst & Young for over 25 years and has been a professional Director for the last nine years.

Carol has extensive financial experience and a sound understanding of efficient board governance. She is a director of NZ Post Limited, Kiwibank Limited, Asset Plus Limited, Chubb Insurance Limited and a number of other private companies.

Rob Hewett

Independent Director

Board committees: Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Member of the Finance, Risk and Investment Committee.

Rob Hewett is also chair of Farmlands Co-operative Ltd, co-chair of Silver Fern Farms Ltd and director and immediate past chair of Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Ltd. He is a director and chair-elect of Pioneer Energy Ltd, a director of Southern Generation Partnership Ltd, Pulse Energy Ltd and the Lincoln University Council.

Mr Hewett holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce and Marketing (Hons), a BCom (Ag) Economics and is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He won the 2019 Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Co-operatives award.

Benedikt Mangold

Non-independent Director

Benedikt Mangold joined BayWa in 2011, working initially in the Agricultural Equipment Business Unit. In 2016, Benedikt moved to New Zealand, working for T&G Global Ltd as an export trader before moving into the role as Head of Strategic Planning and Transformation for T&G’s International Business Unit. Since returning to BayWa in early 2019, Benedikt has been recently appointed Head of Global Produce at BayWa AG.

Mr Mangold is a director of Al Dahra BayWa Agriculture LLC and Afrupro Investments (Pty) Ltd.

Ralf Tobias Priske

Non-independent Director

Board committees: Member of the Human Resources Committee.

Ralf Tobias Priske started working for BayWa in 1998 as a member of the legal department providing advice to the various branches of the Company and had a leading role in the acquisition of the majority of the shares of T&G by BayWa in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 he worked for the renewable energy sector of the BayWa Group as Deputy Legal Counsel focusing on establishing the renewable energy business in the US.

In July 2015 Mr Priske was appointed as BayWa’s Company Secretary. He is a director of Al Dahra BayWaAgriculture LLC.