6 Apr 2009

Appointment not linked to Sanlu scandal - Fonterra

10:05 am on 6 April 2009

Fonterra has appointed a new managing director for its business in China, but says the appointment has nothing to do with the recent melamine scandal.

Six babies died and more than 300,000 children became ill after ingesting contaminated formula from China's biggest baby-milk producer, Sanlu.

The company was part-owned by Fonterra.

Fonterra's group director of human resources, Jennifer Kerr, says its managing director in China, Bob Major, has decided to retire.

But Ms Kerr says his replacement, Philip Turner, is more than able to guide staff through the hurdles ahead.