Mark was born and raised in New Zealand and spent a number of years moving around the country as his parents ran various hotels and wineries across New Zealand.

At the age of 19 Mark joined the New Zealand Dairy Group (which later became part of Fonterra). In the 24 years Mark has been with Fonterra he has worked in the manufacture of casein and cheese, coordinated supply chain activities for sales into Japan and Korea, managed a technical team for Fonterra Japan and was a Product Group Manager for Fonterra’s global cheese business. Mark moved to Chicago in 2010 and was the Regional Director Ingredients Americas for Fonterra before relocating back to New Zealand in January 2016 to head up the Transformation Office for Fonterra.
In February 2017, Mark relocated to Palmerston North to head up Fonterra’s Global Research & Development teams.
Mark has six children born in various global locations. His first daughter was born in New Zealand, a son followed in Tokyo, and a second daughter back in New Zealand, another son and daughter in Chicago and another daughter born in New Zealand in 2016.
Mark has a Diploma in Dairy Technology and has completed the Global Advanced Management Program at Kellogg Business School (Northwestern University).

Mark also plays ice hockey and inline hockey. He was fortunate enough to represent New Zealand in inline hockey for five years, including playing at two world Championships.