Our team

Zhi Zhang

Resident Director

Zhang Zhi is the Resident Director at Oceania Dairy Ltd. He is a dairy veteran who knows every single aspect of dairy industry and has rich experience in management. He once was the Directing Manager of Yili Group Tianjin Ltd. At that time, the young man, leading his team, successfully managed to make Tianjin Branch one of the best branches of Yili Group.
Ever since Zhang Zhi took the position as Resident Director of ODL, he’s been trying to combine Chinese and New Zealand management mythologies and has created a unique and creative operating approach for transnational enterprises.

Richard Hickson

General Manager

Richard has 25 years dairy industry experience in manufacturing, technical and engineering roles. His most recent role prior to joining Oceania was National Technical Manager Milk Powders and Lactose for Fonterra. His career includes stints with Pepsico working on dairy projects across the Middle East, Nestle in Australia manufacturing infant formula and growing up milk powders, and extensive experience with Fonterra and its legacy companies in New Zealand.Richard is focused on bringing people, plant and resources together to create top quality products and team. Creating a safe work environment that is challenging yet rewarding is a key objective for Richard.

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Shane Lodge

Supply and Environment Manager

Shane joined Oceania having had a similar role at New Zealand Dairies Ltd. He was previously the Executive Director of The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand and held senior roles at Fonterra, New Zealand Dairy Group and the South Island Dairy Co-op after starting in the dairy industry with MAF. He is a Graduate of Lincoln College (B Agr Sci) and a Justice of the Peace.Shane is responsible for the quality systems from farm to export that ensure top quality product is produced and he is the main contact within the Company for farmer suppliers. He is also responsible for ensuring that the company meets all its regulatory requirements.

Shane works with and for farmers to maximize their returns and with staff to make the most of suppliers’ milk, reinforcing the fact that quality is built through continuous improvement.

Chris Yang

Deputy General Manager UHT

Chris joined Oceania Dairy in June 2016 after 16 years working experience in Tetra Pak. As KAM Yili in Tetra Pak, Chris know Yili company, it’s culture, and also UHT technology very well.

Chris will responsible for the UHT business running in ODL, and will also focus on communication between Yili and ODL in order to have a successful development of UHT business in ODL.

Kevin Wang

Supply Chain Manager

Kevin Wang joined the company in May 2018 and leads Oceania’s Supply Chain Management as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.He held senior roles at Goodman fielder, Fonterra Brands, and his most recent role as Supply Chain Manager for General Mills. Kevin has 12 Years Supply Chain Management covering wide range of logistics, planning, sales and operation roles.

Kevin is responsible for asset and resource management while ensuring continuous improvement maximizes efficiencies and effectiveness.
Working in conjunction with Yili our parent company, Kevin’s skills and experience will ensure the ODL Supply Chain functions are continuously improved.

Hila Mory

Quality & Compliance Manager

Hila is an accomplished and results focused Biotechnology and Food Engineer, with over 8 years of experience in various roles in Nestle Nutrition and in a Food research Lab. She possesses extensive knowledge in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Food Technology, Project Management and Continuance Improvement.

Hila is excited to lead the Quality & Compliance teams and to continually improve ODL’s Quality and Food Safety systems as the company grows.

Steve Richardson

HR Manager

Steve has worked in a range of trade-based jobs including amenity horticulture, which led to six years of full time study at Lincoln University. His HR career includes corporate roles in the public health sector, prison service, airline industry, and insurance. Steve has most recently been working as a Christchurch-based HR Consultant representing employees in disputes and grievances, supporting employers in the full range of people related issues, and providing senior HR management cover on fixed term contracts including work for Westland Milk Products. Steve therefore brings a broad perspective in managing and leading people, and melding legal compliance with operational business needs to support Yili Group’s continuing investment in the New Zealand economy through its Oceania Dairy business.

Megan Wang

IT Technical Support Manager

After taking part in the development of the first stage of the Glenvay plant as a consultant with Deloitte, Megan joined Oceania Dairy in March 2015. She manages the delivery and integration of IT systems within the company, including project related IT implementation.She brings to the position a wide breadth of consultant services in fast moving consumer goods, information engineering, procurement and construction sectors, specializing in the design, building, implementation and integration of IT systems.

Elle Li

Finance Manager

Elle Li began her career as Finance Manager for Oceania Dairy in June 2018. She has eight years of experience working in the Yili Group and two years of experience working in New Zealand. She has held various positions in the finance department, is familiar with the working models of China and New Zealand, and is experienced and fluent in English. Serving as an essential bridge between the Yili Group and Oceania dairy. In the future, she will work to strengthen the international communication and financial operations of Oceania dairy in the Chinese market.