A2 Milk appoint new CEO/MD

The Board of Directors of The a2 Milk Company has announced the appointment of David Bortolussi to the role of managing director and CEO based in Sydney. Bortolussi is expected to start the role early in the 2021. He will succeed Geoffrey Babidge who has been in the CEO role on an interim basis since December 2019.

Bortolussi has international leadership experience in the consumer and retail sector, particularly in corporate strategy and business transformation with a focus on brand development and innovation, multi-channel management and supply chain operations.

Bortolussi joins the company from his most recent role as group president – International Innerwear, HanesBrands. He joined Pacific Brands in 2009 initially as chief financial and operating officer taking over as CEO in 2014, during which he restructured and transformed the business into a brand focused, leading omni-channel retailer. In 2016,

“Following an extensive global search, the Board is delighted to have secured David for this role. David has demonstrated significant skill in guiding businesses through periods of significant growth whilst also effectively managing the changes that expansion frequently requires,” said chair of The a2 Milk Company, David Hearn.

“I have always admired The a2 Milk Company’s achievements and I am looking forward to joining the board and management team to continue the development of such an extraordinary business. The team at a2 has created a very distinctive consumer proposition, amazing brand and strong culture with so much potential. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such a talented and experienced team, and to be part of the next phase of growth,” Bortolussi said.