Ron Vela presented with Lifetime Achiever Award


Grocery sector titan Ron Vela has been presented with the NZ Food & Grocery Council’s 2012 Lifetime Achiever Award for his outstanding contribution to the food industry.

Pictured, Ron Vela (right) accepts the award from FGC chairman George Adams in front of more than 650 grocery industry leaders at the annual Grocery Charity Ball in Auckland on September 1. The ball raised funds for the charity “Look Good, Feel Better”, which supports women with cancer.  

“Ron has had an outstanding career in the New Zealand food industry and has held leadership roles in some of New Zealand’s most successful and respected food companies,” Mr Adams said.

“We pay tribute to his leadership and success, the combination of which has made such a significant contribution to the New Zealand economy. 

“He has been a tireless champion for our industry, and it was a pleasure to present him with this award on behalf of our members.”

About Ron Vela:

Ron was appointed in August 2006 as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of both Griffin’s Foods and Tegel Foods soon after they were acquired by Pacific Equity Partners (PEP).  In March 2008, he was appointed Executive Chairman of both businesses. He was also a non-executive director of Independent Liquor while it was owned by PEP.

Till then he had been employed by Goodman Fielder, the biggest food company in Australasia, for 20 years in various senior roles.  In 2001, as Managing Director of the $1 billion New Zealand business, he managed the consolidation and integration of all six business units, which resulted in significant profit improvement results over a two-year period.  Between 2003 and 2005, as CEO of the Goodman Fielder Baking and Commercial Division for Australasia/Pacific, he was responsible for driving significant earnings improvement of the $2 billion business which had 6,000 employees operating across 52 sites.

Ron has been a Vice-Chairman of the NZ Food & Grocery Council Board, a member of the NZ Business Roundtable, the NZ Food & Beverage Exporter’s Association Executive, and the NZ Listed Companies Association Executive. 

Before joining Goodman Fielder he was the Commercial Director of the Vela Group of Companies, which included Vela Fishing Ltd and Pencarrow Stud. 


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