Executive overhaul at Beston
Beston Global Food Company has reorganised its leadership under new CEO Fabrizio Jorge.
In changes announced to shareholders last week, the South Australian dairy company has tapped Singapore-based Leprino Foods executive Cameron Woods and senior Fonterra manager David Isherwood for key executive roles.
Woods is currently Leprino Foods’ Managing Director Asia Pacific and has been appointed Food and Beverages Business Unit Director.
Woods’ résumé includes senior marketing and brand management roles with Nestlé, L'Oréal and five years in Singapore with Leprino – the world’s largest maker of mozzarella cheese. He starts with Beston today.
Isherwood, meanwhile, has been appointed Chief Manufacturing Officer. Similar to his new CEO, Isherwood has spent the last 20 years with New Zealand dairy multinational Fonterra, most recently as a Special Project Manager in Auckland.
His CMO appointment at Beston sees him replace the “discontinued” Chief Operating Officer role vacated by experienced dairy manager Frank Baldi.
Baldi, who joined Beston in October 2020, resigned in March this year to become a self-employed Independent Operations Consultant in Victoria.
In other changes at Beston, Nick Wagner has earned a permanent promotion to Chief Financial Officer. The former Oz Minerals and Codan accountant had been acting in the position since April 2021 after stepping up from his role as Group Financial Controller.
Group Human Resources Manager Adrian Bartsch has also earned a promotion to Director of People and Culture. A former Thomas Foods HR Coordinator, Bartsch has been with Beston since April 2019.
CEO Fabrizio Jorge, who took the helm at Beston only a month ago, said the extensive executive changes formed part of a “leadership team review and reorganisation” which will see the company’s management structure “reflect our key strategic priorities”.
“The changes reflected in the new organisation structure will allow us to build on the momentum which has been created in Beston and adopt a much deeper commercial and channel focussed approach towards our sales base,” he told the ASX.