Natural health food company Comvita has appointed a one-time technical director of Tetra-pak as its new chief executive.
Brett Hewlett, who spent 15 years overseas with the global food processing and food packaging solutions provider, will take up the role on September 19.
Comvita chairman Bill Bracks said Hewlett had the skills to help the company achieve expansion abroad.
"Future plans include an office in the United Kingdom, which will also become the base for expanding into Europe, and to grow new business in the United States, where significant opportunities exist in the medical honey products market," he said.
Hewlett returned to New Zealand with his family last year and started a business mentoring service.