Bunge appoints Hardie managing director of Food & Ingredients

by World Grain Staff
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WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, U.S. — Bunge Limited on June 28 announced that Gordon Hardie will join the company as managing director, Food & Ingredients, effective July 1, 2011. In this role, Hardie will provide strategic leadership to Bunge's global Food & Ingredients segment, and will oversee the development of the company's edible oil and milling businesses, which produce a range of commercial and retail products, including bulk and bottled oils, bakery mixes, margarines and mayonnaise. He will report to Alberto Weisser, chairman and chief executive officer, Bunge Limited.

"Gordon brings to Bunge a long and proven track record of building successful food and beverage businesses internationally," said Weisser. "His knowledge of the food industry and breadth of experience leading operations and managing brands in a variety of product categories, marketing channels and geographies will be a strong complement to Bunge's senior management team."

In 2009, Hardie founded Morningside Partners, a corporate strategy and M&A advisory firm focused on the food and beverage industries. Prior to this, he served as managing director, Fresh Baking Division of Goodman Fielder Ltd, the leading producer of bakery brands in Australia and New Zealand, with revenues of over A$1 billion and the largest daily fresh supply chain in the region, serving over 30,000 customers. Goodman Fielder Ltd. is also the largest seller of edible oils to commercial customers in those countries.

Before joining Goodman Fielder in 2002, Hardie held a number of executive positions in the food and beverage industry internationally, including as group general manager — Marketing at Southcorp Wines; vice-president, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at Fosters Group International; and regional director, Americas & Asia Pacific at Pernod Ricard Irish Distillers.

Hardie holds a BA from the University College Cork and an MBA from University College, Dublin Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is also a graduate of management programs at INSEAD.
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