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Ms. Toni Brendish

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Managing Director

Danone Dumex Malaysia
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce
    Melbourne University
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
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Web References
Management
www.theedgemalaysia.com, 3 July 2013 [cached]
After Hours:Toni Brendish Managing director, Danone Dumex Malaysia
DHR International Executive Search | WHERE ARE ALL THE EXPAT WOMEN?
www.dhrinternational.com, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
Toni Brendish, managing director of Danone Dumex, a manufacturer of infant and child food products, was transferred from Sydney, Australia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April 2009. She says it's hard for a trailing husband to build a social network in the new location because such networks are often geared toward women.
"It's the women's tennis club. The women's golf clubs. The women meeting for coffee," says Brendish. Fortunately, her husband was able to keep his job as a photographer at a news agency and work from Kuala Lumpur, which not only provided him income and purpose, but also eased the social burden considerably since he had the ability to meet people at work. But Brendish knows she is lucky in that respect. As a woman expat, she says, "you have to be incredibly realistic about what your partner is going to do, because I've met a lot of spouses who have come [to Kuala Lumpur] thinking they're going to be able to find a job quite easily and it doesn't happen."
In fact, spouse dissatisfaction is the No. 1 reason that assignments fail, according to the Brookfield study -- and with the considerable expense attached to international assignments, keeping spouses happy (whether husbands or wives) should be paramount.
Like many other female expats, Brendish had additional concerns as well -- mainly, what would education be like for her 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter?
"The children had to be able to find a good school. We weren't interested in considering boarding school," says Brendish.
Marketing Women Australia
www.marketingwomen.com.au, 4 Dec 2007 [cached]
General Committee : Ilana Den (Sponsor Coordinator), Toni Brendish (Network Committee), Donna Oakley (Network Committee), Caroline Kerkhof (Network Committee), Astrid Vigolo (Mentor Committee), Cheryl Lynn Fredericks (Mentor Committee)
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Immediate Past President (non elected position) : Toni Brendish
Contact us at info@marketingwomen.com.au
Expat Women - Success Story - Toni Brendish - Managing Director, Danone Dumex (Malaysia)
www.expatwomen.com, 1 Aug 2010 [cached]
Success Story: Toni Brendish – Managing Director, Danone Dumex (Malaysia) | Read more... Expat Women - Success Story - Toni Brendish - Managing Director, Danone Dumex (Malaysia)
Expat Women: Helping Women Living Overseas. Expatriate Women Living Abroad
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Toni Brendish
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Success Story: Toni Brendish - Managing Director, Danone Dumex (Malaysia)
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Toni Brendish Managing Director, Danone Dumex (Malaysia)
Toni Brendish is the Managing Director of Danone Dumex Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, part of Danone: a Fortune 500 company which is one of the most successful healthy food companies in the world. Toni is responsible for the Malaysian and Brunei businesses as well as the Nilai Supply Point which supplies South East Asia. The business she oversees employs in excess of 450 people covering Manufacturing, Finance, Sales and Marketing.
Prior to this role, Toni was Managing Director of Nutricia Australia and New Zealand (another Danone Groupe company), where she was responsible for spearheading the firm's growth as one of Australasia's leading manufacturers of baby food. During Toni's management, Nutricia secured the position of fastest growing product in Australasia for the Baby Food category and doubled the size of the business in only four years.
Toni's previous experience spans companies such as Kimberly-Clark Australia, Unilever Australia, Coca-Cola (UK), Rank Hovis McDougall (UK), Colgate Palmolive Australia, Telstra (Australia) and Orange/Hutchison Telecommunications.
Toni has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Sydney and she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Toni is married to Mark Baker and has two children, Joshua and Catherine.
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Expat Women: Toni, what has your experience been as a Managing Director in Malaysia, in terms of respect from employees in each of your manufacturing, finance, sales and marketing divisions, and in terms of your access to key business people in a predominantly Muslim and male-dominated society?
Toni: Firstly I think it is important to distinguish between being respectful and being respected.
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Toni: The main difference is the fact that Australia and New Zealand are such large dairy markets. They have enormous access to fresh milk and associated dairy products. What we see in many parts of Asia and Malaysia is that fresh dairy is more limited and thus there is a greater use of powdered milk products. This requires us to adjust our strategy in how we position our products.
Expat Women: Toni, you were at the helm of Nutricia when it impressively doubled the size of its business in Australasia. What strategies can we learn from your successful outcome?
Toni: The key thing for me is developing a clear Vision; what it is that you want the company to be or look like in five years.
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Toni: In 2007, we had a business crisis (in Australia/New Zealand) involving a bureaucratic dispute with a Government department.
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Toni: The first thing I would say is, everyone is an individual and unique and therefore what works for one will not necessarily work for another.
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Toni: I have been incredibly lucky to have an extremely supportive husband and two amazingly adaptable children.
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Expat Women: Toni, thank you very much for sharing your hard-earned wisdom with us and we wish you all the best in Malaysia!
Women on Boards - 2008 Conference
womenonboards.org.au, 3 Jan 2012 [cached]
Toni Brendish
Managing Director
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Appointed Managing Director in May 2004, Toni Brendish is responsible for spearheading the firm's growth as one of Australasia's leading manufacturers of Baby Food. During Toni's management of the position Nutricia has secured the position of fastest growing product in Australasia for the Baby Food category and in the past 4 years has doubled the size of the business.
With a powerful marketing and management pedigree providing valuable expertise in developing and growing businesses, she started her career within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods arena working for companies such as Unilever Australia, Coca-Cola (UK), Rank Hovis McDougall (UK) , Colgate Palmolive Australia and Kimberly-Clark Australia. In addition Toni has worked in the Telecommunications and Service sectors in Executive roles.
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