The A2 Milk Company has named David Bortolussi as its new MD and CEO. He will take up the role in Sydney early next year, succeeding Geoffrey Babidge who has been interim CEO since last December.
Bortolussi is currently group president – international innerwear with apparel company HanesBrands. As CEO of Pacific Brands from 2014, he oversaw the group’s restructure prior to its acquisition by HanesBrands in 2106 when he was tapped for his current role.
In a statement, A2 Milk Company highlighted Bortolussi’s extensive exposure to Pacific Brands and HanesBrands’ Asian sourcing markets, particularly China, including various brand-distribution partnerships in the region.
A2 Milk Company chairman David Hearn said the appointment followed an extensive global search.
“David has demonstrated significant skill in guiding businesses through periods of significant growth whilst also effectively managing the changes that expansion frequently requires,” he said.
“The A2 Milk Company is going through a period of continued strong growth in dynamic markets and David’s skillset and comprehensive strategic and operational experience will serve the company well.”
Bortolussi said the A2 had created “a very distinctive consumer proposition, amazing brand and strong culture with so much potential” and he looked forward to being part of the company’s next growth phase.