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Cameron Wood

David Isherwood

Executive review at Beston

Beston Global Food Company has reorganized its management under new CEO Fabrizio Jorge.

In changes announced to shareholders last week, the South Australian dairy company tapped the Singapore-based Leprino Foods executive Cameron Wood and Principal Director of Fonterra David Isherwood for key executive roles.

Woods is currently General Manager Asia Pacific for Leprino Foods and has been named Director of the Food and Beverage Business Unit.

Woods’ resume includes senior positions in marketing and brand management at Nestle, L’Oreal and five years in Singapore with Leprino, the world’s largest mozzarella cheese maker. It starts with Beston today.

Isherwood, meanwhile, was named director of manufacturing. Similar to its new CEO, Isherwood has spent the past 20 years with New Zealand dairy multinational Fonterra, most recently as a special project manager in Auckland.

His appointment as CMO at Beston sees him replace the ‘abandoned’ COO position vacated by an experienced dairy manager Frank Baldi.

Baldi, who joined Beston in October 2020, resigned in March this year to become a freelance operations consultant in Victoria.

In other changes at Beston, Nick Wagner got a permanent promotion to CFO. The former Oz Minerals and Codan accountant had held the position since April 2021 after stepping down as group financial controller.

Group Human Resources Manager Adrian Bartsch also earned a promotion to director of people and culture. A former human resources coordinator at Thomas Foods, Bartsch has worked at Beston since April 2019.

CEO Fabrizio Jorge, who took charge of Beston just a month ago, said the significant management changes were part of a “review and reorganization of the management team” which will see the corporate leadership structure “reflect our key strategic priorities”.

“The changes reflected in the new organizational structure will allow us to build on the momentum that has been created at Beston and take a much deeper sales and channel-focused approach to our sales base,” he said. he told the ASX.

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