Managing Director Fonterra Nutrition Sarah Kennedy today congratulated Jeremy Hill on his election to President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), becoming the first New Zealander to do so in the Federation's 109-year history. "This reflects New Zealand's leadership on the international dairy stage and Jeremy's contribution to the industry," says Ms Kennedy. "Fonterra is a world-leader in dairy research and innovation and, since 1991, Jeremy has been at the forefront of that research at Fonterra and its legacy organisations."
Dr Hill was elected to the position at the IDF's General Assembly at the IDF World Dairy Summit in Cape Town this week and will take the seat on 9 November 2012. He replaces current President Richard Doyle, who has completed a four-year term. With a PhD in biochemistry, over 100 publications and four patents, Dr Hill has held senior research and development leadership roles throughout the value chain. These include stints as General Manager Research & Development at the Livestock Improvement Corporation, General Manager Fonterra Research Centre and General Manager Manufacturing Innovation. He has also served at Fonterra's Director Regulatory Affairs and Food Assurance.
Dr Hill is based at the Fonterra Research & Development Centre in Palmerston North, one of the leading dairy research facilities in the world. The Centre's innovative products include cheese starter technology, spreadable butter, Anlene, DR10 and DR20 probiotics, and instant mozzarella'. Founded in 1903, the IDF is a non-profit private sector organisation representing the interests of various stakeholders in dairying at the international level. The Federation is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. Areas of work include sustainable development, nutrition, methods of analysis, farm management, hygiene and safety, and many more.
Dr Hill has been involved in the work of the Federation for over two decades.