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Miraka appoints seasoned dairy leader as its new CEO

(Source: Miraka)

New Zealand dairy company Miraka has appointed a new CEO, who has an extensive international dairy and FMCG industry background. 

Karl Gradon

Karl Gradon will take over the management of the Maori-owned company on April 4. 

Having spent nearly 20 years with Fonterra and Kerry Ingredients holding senior management positions in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US, Gradon was most recently CEO of the New Zealand Manuka Group helping that business grow its Manuka honey and oil production.

“Miraka has been one of New Zealand’s business success stories,” said Gradon of his new role. “From small beginnings, the company now processes around 300 million litres of milk into various products and exports to 24 countries. I’m very much looking forward to being part of the Miraka whanau, moving from Ohope to Taupo and becoming part of the local community.”

Miraka’s chairman Kingi Smiler said Gradon was the right fit for the business given his approach to environmental sustainability and his vision for taking a long-term, generational view in running the business.

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