Simon O'Connor joined the LANZBC Board in June 2018 and was elected President in August 2018.
Simon has qualifications in both Law and Accounting and is currently General Manager Emerging Markets and Innovation at Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) in the Waikato. As part of his role Simon is responsible for LIC’s international businesses a substantial proportion of which is with Latin America. Simon visits the region regularly and he and his team also host a number of delegations/visitor groups from Latin America. He also leads the development of new innovations at LIC as well as its investment portfolio.
In his previous role at Fonterra Simon was involved in developing strategy for Latin America and completed a number of Mergers and Acquisition projects throughout the region over a 12 year period. He is also an investor in a large Latin American farming venture.
Simon is a member of the Institute of Directors and is a director of Figured Limited, a technology company providing accounting solutions for agricultural businesses both in New Zealand and overseas.
Simon currently lives in Raglan with his wife Robyn and two teenage boys.