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Our people

Our people make the difference and drive our success

We bring a diverse team of people to the table, each with significant expertise and experience within their fields. Their leadership, energy and enthusiasm is evident in all that we do. We always do the right thing and are straight forward with each other.


We demonstrate integrity, respect and work as a team to build mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.

Board of Directors

Chopin Zhang


Chopin joined The a2 Milk Company in November 2022 and has over 35 years of experience in supply chain management with significant experience in China and New Zealand, including planning, procurement, manufacturing, quality, cross-border trade, distribution, regulatory affairs, and government relations. Chopin has extensive experience in the China infant milk formula (IMF) market, having held senior executive and supply chain leadership roles with Yashili and Danone.

During his career, Chopin has held additional supply chain senior leadership roles across Greater China, Asia Pacific and the USA with leading consumer goods companies including Starbucks, Nike and Johnson & Johnson.

Chopin’s expertise in the China infant milk formula industry and experience across New Zealand and China are essential as he leads the transformation of The a2 Milk Company’s supply chain to enable further market access, innovation and growth.

David Muscat


As CFO of The a2 Milk Company, David is responsible for finance, investor relations, risk and IT across the Group. David is a capable and experienced finance and people leader with a demonstrated history of working in a dually-listed company (NZX/ASX) and working directly with the Board of Directors and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Prior to joining the Group, David was the CFO of DIM Brands International (formerly Hanes Europe Innerwear), and prior to this was the CFO of Hanes Australasia. David was the CFO of ASX and NZX-listed Pacific Brands prior to its takeover by Hanesbrands Inc. in 2016. David commenced his career at Deloitte and has gained significant experience in the apparel, consumer goods and retail sectors in various international markets, including China.

Deyong Zhang


Chief Compliance Officer and General Manager of International Business of China Animal Husbandry Group (the largest Chinese SOE in Animal Husbandry and the major shareholder of Mataura Valley Milk, BODCO Limited). Director of Mataura Valley Milk and BODCO Limited MVM, BODCO.

Prior to working for the China Animal Husbandry Group, Mr. Zhang worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, the P.R.C. and has become the Chief Compliance Officer of China Animal Husbandry Group since 2013.

He has wide management experience and deep knowledge in international business culture.

Mr. Zhang holds bachelor’s Degrees in Economic Laws from Peking University.

Siyuan Cao


Project Manager and Finance Specialist of the Dairy Development Office in China Animal Husbandry Group (the largest Chinese SOE in Animal Husbandry and shareholder of Mataura Valley Milk Limited and the major shareholder of BODCO Limited), Director of Mataura Valley Milk Limited and Financial Representative of BODCO Limited.

Mr. Cao has experienced skills in financial management and capital raising, he was deeply involved in the founding of Mataura Valley Milk and has contributed his intelligence in financial support for MVM in the past years.