Bob Major holds a Master’s degree in Science from Massey University. He has spent the majority of his career in various roles within the New Zealand dairy industry, working for the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, the New Zealand Dairy Board and Fonterra Co-operative Group. He held global leadership roles for Fonterra in a number of areas including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, ingredients sales and marketing and innovation. He also held regional leadership roles in the Middle East, Hong Kong and China and was on the senior leadership team of both the New Zealand Dairy Board and Fonterra.
In addition to his position on the Westland Milk Board, Bob is Chair of Gibb Holdings (Nelson) Ltd; a director of BioVittoria Ltd and a member of the Investment Committee of Oriens Capital Private Equity Fund. He Chairs High Value Nutrition, one of the National Science Challenges; the Avocado Primary Growth Partnership and is a member of the International Development Commercial Advisory Panel, appointed by MFAT to provide advice on the New Zealand Aid Programme’s direction and priorities. He is a past Chair of The Mud House Wine Group and has been a director of Sealord Group, Barker Fruit Processors Ltd, a number of New Zealand dairy industry-good organisations, and various Fonterra subsidiaries and joint ventures in Europe and Asia.
Bob chairs Westland's Remuneration Committee and is a director of Westland Milk Products (Shanghai) Company Ltd.