Holly Brown Appointed Zespri GM Greater China
by Zespri Group Ltd
Posted: 2017-10-02 09:00:13 EST

Long-serving Zespri executive Holly Brown has been appointed to the new role of GM Greater China, with executive-level accountability for the territory of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson says Ms Brown’s background in culture development, people leadership and organisational strategy sees her well placed for the new leadership role. 

“Holly will lead this fast-moving and increasingly-complex region through the next phase of consolidation, development and growth. 

“Linking together three of our best-performing markets - Taiwan, Hong Kong and China - under one Greater China Region will provide a strong platform for these markets to share and learn from one another. This integration will support our forecast growth as we move steadily towards Greater China becoming the first region to reach one billion dollars (NZD) in sales over the next five years,” says Mr Mathieson. 

Ms Brown moved to Shanghai in late 2015, moving into the Head of Corporate Affairs position in 2016.  Before that, she served as Zespri’s General Manager for Human Resources for eight years. 

Mr Mathieson notes Zespri Regional Manager Southeast Asia Andrew Common has done a great job managing Taiwan, working closely with Market Manager Taiwan Joanne Chen and the team in-market over the last couple of years.

“Andrew will transition Taiwan into the new structure by the start of the 2018 season,” says Mr Mathieson. 

About Zespri Group Ltd

With sales revenues of $2.26 billion in 2016/17, Zespri is one of the world’s most successful horticulture marketing companies and the Zespri brand is recognised as the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. Based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, we are 100 percent owned by current or past kiwifruit growers, and employ approximately 450 people in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  On behalf of our 2,500 growers in New Zealand and 1,200 growers based elsewhere, Zespri manages kiwifruit innovation and supply management, distribution management and marketing of Zespri Green, Zespri SunGold, Zespri Organic, Zespri Gold and Zespri Sweet Green Kiwifruit.

Source: Zespri Group Ltd