Tuesday, 19 February 2019


GENERAL: SML: Dr Suzan Horst joins Synlait leadership team

25 Jan 2018 10:05NZX
Synlait (NZX: SML; ASX: SM1) will welcome Dr Suzan Horst to the Senior
Leadership Team on 1 April as Director of Quality, Regulatory and Laboratory

Managing Director and CEO John Penno says Dr Horst is a leading authority in
the global dairy industry and has much to offer Synlait.

"Suzan''s executive experience with large multinational dairy companies
complements the breadth of leadership and commercial capability we already
have in our senior team," says Mr Penno.

"Our organisation will be in an even stronger position as a result of Suzan''s
expertise, which is defined by her extensive oversight of food safety in
infant formula and fresh consumer dairy products."

"Suzan''s role is significant and carries considerable responsibility across
our value chain," says Mr Penno.

"Having the right food safety systems and risk management in place throughout
the business is critical."

"Not only do we repeatedly test all facilities, raw materials and finished
products, but we also have a full quality assurance and traceability
programme for everything we produce."

Synlait''s quality testing laboratory, which was commissioned in 2015 and
consists of chemistry and microbiology laboratories, carries out almost
200,000 tests a year.

"Our on-site laboratory gives us greater control and visibility around our
products, as well as the benefit of having substantial technical competence
within the organisation," adds Mr Penno.

Synlait also plays a leading role in providing market access for customers
and securing regulatory approval for products, which means Dr Horst''s
position will also have an international regulatory focus.

"As we become a more diversified and balanced business, Suzan will ensure we
continue to have the right capability in all of these areas."

"This underpins the integrity and confidence in food safety we provide to not
just our customers, but their consumers as well," says Mr Penno.

Dr Horst says "I feel really honored to join the Synlait team. The company
has an impressive track record over the last decade and has exciting plans
for the future".

"It''s great that sustaining the high performance of quality, regulatory and
laboratory services is defined by the senior team as a critical factor for
the ongoing success of the company, especially as our portfolio becomes more

"I look forward to supporting the company in building and maintaining solid
quality systems that result in safe products and highly satisfied customers,"
says Dr Horst.

Dr Horst is currently Director Quality Affairs, Business Group EMEA (Europe,
the Middle East and Africa) for FrieslandCampina. She has held other senior
roles since joining them in 2005, including Director Corporate QA, crisis and
issue management and Corporate Quality Assurance Manager.

Prior to joining FrieslandCampina, Dr Horst was Global Food Safety Competence
Manager for Nutreco B V and lectured agricultural economics and food safety
before that.

Dr Horst holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science in
Animal Husbandry from the Wageningen University and Research Centre in the
Netherlands, part of which involved study at Massey University in New
End CA:00313431 For:SML    Type:GENERAL    Time:2018-01-25 10:05:12
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