Judith Swales has been with the Co-operative since 2013. She was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) Velocity and Innovation in June 2016, and is responsible for driving efficiency across the Co-op, bringing increased commercial focus to Fonterra’s research, development and technology, and taking a strategic view on developing game changing business models. Prior to this appointment, Judith was the Managing Director of Fonterra Oceania, leading the successful turnaround of the Australian business and overseeing Fonterra Brands New Zealand.
The daughter of a milkman, Judith grew up helping her father on his daily milk run.
She has extensive experience in senior management and business turnarounds, and prior to Fonterra, Judith was the Managing Director of Heinz Australia and CEO and Managing Director of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and New Zealand. Before coming to Australia in 2001, Judith worked for a number of UK retailers which culminated in her move to Australia as the Managing Director of Angus and Robertson. She has served as a Non-Executive Director on the DuluxGroup Board since April 2011 and has a degree in Microbiology and Virology.