Dr John Penno

Managing Director and CEO


John co-founded the Synlait Group in 2000 and has been a full-time executive for the Synlait Group since 2006.

As CEO, John is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and supporting the Senior Leadership Team to deliver against this direction in their areas.

As Managing Director, John contributes to the governance of Synlait alongside our Directors on the Board.

After completing an Agricultural Science degree, John commenced his career in the dairy industry as a consulting officer for the New Zealand Dairy Board before joining Dexcel as a research scientist where he completed a PhD in animal science. As a scientist and research program leader he worked to enable New Zealand dairy farmers to increase productivity and profit. In 2009, John received an emerging leader’s award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Excellence in Leadership award at the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards.

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