Director Board Member
With formal training in the medical sciences, economics and business, Champak is a former physiology lecturer and NZ Army officer. He joined Fonterra in early 2003 and spent nearly 9 years with them, gaining extensive experience in strategy, business development and general management in a variety of roles in NZ, the US and Singapore.
As an early member of the Fonterra Strategy Team, he worked on several large-scale projects including the Shareholder Services Strategy, the Fonterra Product Mix Review and the Fonterra Strategy Refresh before moving onto the New Ventures Team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In his last role, he was based in Singapore for 5 years as the Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific for DFE, the joint venture between Fonterra and Friesland Campina in the pharmaceutical lactose space.
In mid- 2011, after having spent the bulk of Fonterra career offshore, he and his wife returned to NZ, where he worked briefly in a senior management role at The University of Auckland before re-entering the primary sector as the inaugural CEO of Potatoes NZ Inc. in January 2013, a position he held for nearly 3 years.
Champak was the co-owner of a large multi-office real estate business in Auckland for the past 2 years. Over this period, he and his business partner turned the business around, increasing EBIT by over 25% and establishing themselves as market leaders in 4 of their 5 locations.
Born and bred in Taranaki, Champak currently resides in Auckland.