Fonterra's first chief executive Craig Norgate has died at the age of 50.
He played a central role in the creation of the co-operative and was its chief executive from 2001 to 2003.
But his career went far beyond that significant achievement.
He was the chief executive of Kiwi Dairy Company in the 1990s, before it merged with Waikato's Dairy Group.
After stepping down as the head of Fonterra he led PGG Wrightson for six years, served as a director of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and helped oversee the merger of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants with their Australian colleagues.
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