René Dedoncker is the Managing Director of Fonterra Australia – one of the country’s largest dairy companies that is responsible for collecting around 18 per cent of Australia’s milk from 1,100 dairy farmers and processing this milk at one of Fonterra’s eight factories into dairy foods for domestic and international consumption.

He joined the Fonterra Co-operative in 2006 and has held global leadership roles with responsibility for managing businesses and customers in over 50 countries. Most recently René was responsible for leading the strategic agenda for Fonterra’s Global Brands, Research & Development, and Food Safety & Quality. He successfully led Fonterra’s global foodservice business to double digit growth using world-leading technology, innovative products and a breakthrough business model. He is particularly passionate about driving positive change and empowering leaders to grow.

Prior to joining Fonterra René worked in senior sales, marketing and operations positions with the Mars Corporation.

Born in Belgium and raised in Orange NSW, René holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. René lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.