Director, Global Stakeholder Affairs
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Simon Tucker is Director of Global Stakeholder Affairs at Fonterra. In this role he leads teams responsible for Fonterra’s global trade strategy, the company’s relationships with the New Zealand and foreign governments, and Fonterra’s industry partners.
As a member of the Corporate Affairs Leadership Team, Simon’s role contributes both to the execution of Fonterra’s commercial strategy – particularly in terms of trade access and growth – and to the Co-operative’s efforts to enhance its national and global identity and reputation.
Simon has spent over ten years in the New Zealand dairy industry including in leadership roles at DairyNZ, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand and with Fonterra Co- operative Group’s US-based business.
During his career, Simon has also spent considerable time working for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was the Ministry’s Assistant Secretary based in Auckland, and served as New Zealand High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Canada and was concurrently High Commissioner to Jamaica. Earlier diplomatic assignments included postings as Counsellor and head of the trade team at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC and three years at the NZ Embassy in Tehran. He also spent several years working in Parliament as adviser to the Minister for Trade.
Over the past 10 years Simon has also held a number of governance and advisory roles, including in the areas of economic development, trade, resource management and education.
Simon is married to Penny Tucker and they have three children. He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.