Bob Major holds a Master’s degree in Science from Massey University. He has spent the majority of his career in various roles within the New Zealand dairy industry, working for the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, the New Zealand Dairy Board and Fonterra Co-operative Group. He has held global leadership roles for Fonterra in a number of areas including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, ingredients sales and marketing and innovation. He also held regional leadership roles in the Middle East, Hong Kong and China and was on the senior leadership team of both the New Zealand Dairy Board and Fonterra.
Bob is Chairman of Gibb Holdings (Nelson) Ltd and a Director of Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited and BioVittoria Ltd. He Chairs High Value Nutrition, one of the National Science Challenges; the Avocado Primary Growth Partnership and is a member of the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel, appointed by MFAT to provide advice on the New Zealand Aid Programme’s direction and priorities, and to review applications to the Partnership Fund. Bob is a past Chair of The Mud House Wine Group and has been a director of Sealord Group, Barker Fruit Processors Ltd, a number of New Zealand dairy industry-good organisations, and various Fonterra subsidiaries and joint ventures in Europe and Asia. Bob is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.