Gerben Otter

Chief Information Officer / Fonterra

Gerben Otter is CIO of Fonterra Co-operative Group, New Zealand’s largest enterprise and the largest dairy processor in the world. He began his career studying law in his native Netherlands but soon moved into ICT when he was asked to lead the introduction of a new computer system. He cemented his career in a variety of executive roles for Dutch technology companies, gaining his first CIO role with sportswear manufacturer adidas Group based in Germany. His shift into the dairy industry came in 2011 when he joined Dutch producer FrieslandCampina, first as CIO and then leading the organisation’s largest business transformation programme, SUMMIT. In 2016 New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes and the variety of opportunities Fonterra offers proved irresistible and he made the move to Auckland. Gerben leads a large international team, travelling regularly to the Co-operative’s major markets in Asia, Latin America, North America, and Australia.