Deer milk made by state-owned farmer Pāmu has won the ‘Best Dairy Ingredient’ category at the prestigious World Dairy Innovation Awards.
Leslie, currently chief operating officer of Silver Fern Farms, will join the organisation in March next year.
Pamu board chairman Warren Parker says Leslie brings a wealth of primary sector experience to the role.
‘“The board are delighted that Mark is joining Pāmu as we continue to successfully deliver our strategy.
“His skillset, including hands on experience running substantial livestock and dairy operations and background in farming, will be beneficial as we work to produce higher farm gate returns with a smaller environmental footprint, and with an ongoing focus on the wellbeing of our people, our animals and the land we farm,” Parker said.
Leslie has 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry including roles in operations, logistics, technology and product development, and quality assurance
Prior to joining Silver Fern Farms Leslie spent nearly two decades at Fonterra including as head of the operations and supply chain component of the brands business in New Zealand and, previously had responsibility for the operation of the 94 ingredients plants across Fonterra’s 27 sites along with the associated milk collection activities.
He replaces from Steve Carden who resigned to join listed wine make Delegat Group as new managing director.