Articles tagged Beingmate


A temporary share trading halt by Fonterra has been followed by an announcement that farmers will be unlikely to get a final dividend payout. Reality is finally biting for the company thanks to fundamental flaws in culture and strategy, says Rod Oram.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters doubled down on last week's New Zealand First party attacks on the performance and leadership of Fonterra, saying the country's largest business was costing the economy more than $2 billion from food safety and animal welfare scares.

From Whangarei down to Invercargill this week Fonterra’s farmer-shareholders went looking for answers from their co-op’s directors. Its mediocre performance, stagnant dividend and share price, large write-down in China, erosion of equity, and their desire to change boardroom culture and leadership were top of their questions.

Chairman John Wilson and CEO Theo Spierings have been the double act governing Fonterra since 2012. Following Spierings' resignation, Bernard Hickey assesses their legacy as no great success, but also no great failure. It could have been worse, or so much better.


Rod Oram delves behind the scenes of Fonterra's Beingmate debacle in this week's column. He finds the board will have to make a momentous decision that has parallels with Fletcher Building's eventual removal of its CEO and retirement of its Chairman.