Sainsbury’s announces succession plan as CEO Mike Coupe retires

UK – British supermarket group, Sainsbury’s has appointed Simon Roberts as the group’s Chief Executive Officer following Mike Coupe’s decision to retire after almost six years as the retailer’s CEO. Simon, who is the Retail and Operations Director at the group, will start as Chief Executive Officer from 1st June 2020 while Mike will continue in his role as Chief Executive until the end of May 2020. Mike will also remain a director in the retail giant from 1st June until the AGM on 2nd July 2020, at which point…

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Mondi announces departure of group’s chief executive officer Peter Oswald

AUSTRIA – Mondi Plc has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Peter Oswald, will step down from the position and the board of packaging and paper group and leave the company on 31st March 2020. The company has appointed Andrew King, the Group’s Chief Financial Officer to take on the role of Interim CEO after Peter steps down and until a successor is appointed. Commenting on the leadership Peter’s departure David Williams, Chair of Mondi plc, said: “Peter has made an immense contribution to the growth and development of Mondi…

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Mauricio Leyva steps down as CEO of Mexican dairy giant Grupo Lala

MEXICO – Grupo Lala, Mexico’s leading dairy company has announced that Mauricio Leyva will be stepping down as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective December 31, 2019. Grupo Lala has appointed former CEO and current member of its Board of Directors Arquímedes Celis Ordaz as the interim CEO. The company says that it has begun a process to identify and appoint a new CEO. Mr. Celis, who retired as Lala’s CEO in 2015, first joined the Company in 2001. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew sales organically by…

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Saudi food group Almarai appoints new chief executive officer

SAUDI ARABIA – Almaria Company, the Gulf’s leading dairy company based in Saudi Arabia has appointed Mr. Majed Mazen Nofal as its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st January 2020. As part of the company’s succession plans, the current acting CEO Mr. Georges P. Schorderet will handover to Majed Nofal on 31st December 2019 and continue to serve as an Advisor to the Board of Directors. Schorderet took over the position on July this year following the resignation of former CEO Mr. Alois Hofbauer, who according to the company stepped down…

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The a2 Milk Company’s chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka steps down

NEW ZEALAND – The a2 Milk Company Limited has announced that its Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Jayne Hrdlicka, has agreed to step down from her role, which she has served for less than 2 years. Following Jayne departure, the company has appointed its former CEO Geoffrey Babidge to the role as Interim CEO effective immediately as the dairy processor embarks on a global search for a new CEO. Commenting on the announcement, Chairman David Hearn said: “The Board wishes to thank Jayne for the important contribution she has…

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Taste Holdings appoints Duncan Crosson as new chief executive

SOUTH AFRICA – The current head of Taste’s luxury food division, Duncan Crosson, has been appointed as the new CEO of Taste Holdings following the exit of Dylan Pienaar as CEO. Pienaar stepped down after the revision of Taste’s strategy to become a luxury-goods business and having successfully navigated the sale and transition of Starbucks, restaurant chain Maxi’s and the Fish & Chip Co. Crosson will be Taste’s third CEO this year with Pienaar only appointed in March. Before joining Taste Holdings, Pienaar spent 10 years at Grand Parade Investments…

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Feike Sijbesma steps down as Royal DSM’s chief executive officer

NETHERLANDS – Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition and health and has announced that Feike Sijbesma will be stepping down as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after almost 13 years in the position. Feike Sijbesma will hand over his responsibilities to his Managing Board colleagues Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze as Co-CEO’s on February 15, 2020 However, he will remain employed by DSM securing a further smooth transition in the coming five months, until May 1, 2020. During his tenure, DSM witnessed a robust growth and…

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Costa Coffee names former McDonald’s UK head as its CEO

USA – Costa Coffee, American coffeehouse chain and subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company has appointed Jill McDonald as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 2nd December. McDonald, an experienced business leader who has worked in senior roles across several industries, including retailing and airlines, will take over form Dominic Paul – who is stepping down from the role on November 30. Paul has led Costa through a strong growth phase, along with this year’s sale of Costa to The Coca-Cola Company, the complex separation from Whitbread and the development…

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Swiss commodity trader Ameropa taps Bunge’s executive as new CEO

SWITZERLAND – Ameropa, a Switzerland-headquartered grain trader has appointed William Dujardin as the company’s new Chief Executive officer, effective 8th January 2020. Mr. Dujardin, who has been working with Bunge since 2005 and most recently served as the company’s Vice President for North & Central Europe, will take the helm from acting CEO, Andreas Zivy. Zivy has been the company’s chief executive since June, when he stepped into the role after Jan Kadanik’s departure. Zivy will return to his position as Chairman of Ameropa Holding. Mr. Dujardin has also held various…

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Berlin Packaging Chairman and CEO Andrew Berlin steps down

USA – Berlin Packaging has announced that Andrew Berlin has stepped down from his roles as Chairman, Director, and Chief Executive Officer of the company. The company has hence appointed Michael Grebe as Executive Chairman while John W. Zimmerman will serve as interim Chief Executive Officer until the Board appoints a permanent successor. Berlin will be available in an advisory capacity, as needed, through year end, for transition purposes. The company noted that Berlin’s departure is not due to any disagreement with the company regarding its financial reporting, financial policies…

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