Chief Executive Officer
Gareth joined T&G as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. He has extensive experience in business transformation, 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.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Doug is responsible for T&G Global’s finances and leading its finance, tax and legal team across 13 countries. With his strong strategic financial leadership capability and his extensive understanding of T&G’s business, Doug is able to get to the truth of business performance. Since joining T&G in 1997, he has held many senior finance and shared services roles, including Group Treasurer and Company Secretary. Doug was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in March 2021.
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.
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 New Zealand Trade Commissioner in the Philippines and in China.
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.
Craig joined T&G as Director Operations in October 2019. Based at our Hawke’s Bay site at Whakatu, Craig is responsible for leading T&G’s apple business, including our 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 joined T&G in September 2018 and has more than 28 years’ experience in IT and large-scale business transformation programmes. Having spent nine years with IBM as an Associate Partner and 14 years working in lead roles with New Zealand businesses, including General Manager of Information Systems at Vodafone and Head of IT for Fletcher Steel, Monique understands the need to deliver value through robust technology solutions which enable businesses to achieve their strategic objectives.
Head of Corporate Affairs
As Head of Corporate Affairs, Adrienne is responsible for protecting and enhancing T&G’s global reputation. She leads internal and external communications, government, industry and community engagement, sustainability and brand marketing. Adrienne joined T&G in January 2020, with over 20 years’ experience in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Most recently she was General Manager Innovation Communications and General Manager News and Content at Fonterra, and prior to that, Australian Managing Director for the 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.
Board committees: Chair of the Finance, Risk and Investment Committee, Member of the Human Resources Committee.
Carol has extensive finance experience and a sound understanding of effective Board Governance. She was a partner at Ernst & Young for over 25 years and has been a professional Director for over 10 years.
Carol is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees at NZ Post Limited , NZME Limited, Asset Plus Limited and Chubb Insurance New Zealand Limited. She is also a Director at Kiwibank Limited and of a number of other private companies.
Carol has a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
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 Allgemeine Versicherung AG, RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, and Unser Lagerhaus Warenhandelsgesellschaft m.b.H.
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 chair of Pioneer Energy Ltd, and a director of 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 Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He won the 2019 Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Co-operatives award.
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
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.
Marcus Poellinger has been a member of BayWa’s Board of Management since 1 November 2018. He is responsible for the Agri Trade & Service business unit, Building Materials Segment, Digital Farming, the Energy business unit and the Agricultural Equipment business unit. He also represents the company in management and supervisory bodies of international holdings. Mr Poellinger is a graduate in business administration, having completed his professional training in Munich, London and Sophia Antipolis (France). He joined BayWa in 2008. After occupying various management positions at the Group, in 2015 he became head of BayWa AG’s Building Materials business division, which he successfully restructured. From 2017 to 2018, he was also Senior Executive Vice President of BayWa AG.