Multivac’s Joachim Boekstegers to step down, new co-CEOs to take over

GERMANY – Packaging solutions provider, Multivac Group has announced that company CEO Hans-Joachim Boekstegers will be stepping down from the company effective 1 January 2020. He will be replaced by his director colleagues, Christian Traumann and Guido Spix who will jointly manage the company. Hans-Joachim joined the company as CEO in 2001 and has seen it grow and develop into a multinational packaging and equipment services provider. He was in particular responsible for the systematic expansion of the product portfolio and MULTIVAC’s sales and service network. During his tenure, the…

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Dean Foods appoints Eric Beringause new President and CEO

USA – Dean Foods, America’s leading food and beverage manufacturer has appointed Eric Beringause as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 29, 2019. Eric who will also join the Dean Foods Board of Directors as a member, succeeds Ralph Scozzafava, who has stepped down as CEO and resigned from his position on the Board. “We believe Eric is the right leader to drive the transformation of the business as the Company continues to execute on its enterprise-wide cost productivity plan and its previously announced exploration of…

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Corbion names Olivier Rigaud as new Chief Executive Officer

NETHERLANDS – The Dutch food and biochemicals company, Corbion has nominated Olivier Rigaud as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective August 8, 2019. His appointment which awaits approval at the company’s General Meeting to be held on August 5, 2019 will see him form the Board of Management of Corbion together with Eddy van Rhede van der Kloot who will continue as CFO. Rigaud succeeds Tjerk de Ruiter who has led Corbion since 2014. Tjerk is said to have contributed to raising the performance of Corbion in terms of…

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Parag Milk Foods appoints Venkat Shankar new Chief Executive

INDIA – Indian milk and milk products company, Parag Milk Foods has appointed Venkat Shankar as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer effective July 4, 2019. Shankar will report to the Chairman and the Board of Directors, providing the company with the necessary leadership and strategic direction while helping achieve its short-term and long-term objectives. Shankar is a seasoned FMCG professional with over three decades of experience in Dairy, FMCG, Private Equity, Media and Advertising roles. Prior to joining PMFL, Shankar was the VP & Head of the Dairy Business…

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Pernod Ricard appoints Thibault Cuny to head business in India

INDIA – Global spirits producer, Pernod Ricard has appointed Thibault Cuny (44) as new Chief Executive Officer who will lead the company’s operations India, report ET Retail. Cuny, who was managing director of Brazil succeeds Guillaume Girard Reydet to lead a market considered to have accounted for 10% of the global sales in the latest financial year ended June. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard Brasil in 2012, Cuny served as the Chief Financial Officer at Pernod Ricard USA, LLC since March 2009. He served at Pernod Ricard Holding in Paris…

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Orkla appoints Jaan Ivar Semlitsch as new President and CEO

NORWAY – Orkla, the Norwegian branded consumer goods conglomerate has appointed Jaan Ivar Semlitsch as the firm’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 December. He succeeds Peter A. Ruzicka, who left the company on May 7 and was replaced by Terje Andersen who has served as acting President and CEO. Jaan joins Orkla from Dixons Carphone Plc, where he has been CEO of Elkjop Nordic for more than six years. For the past year, he has also been in charge and CEO of Dixons Carphone’s International operations.…

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Dairy Crest CEO Mark Allen steps down after Saputo takeover

CANADA – Canadian dairy processor, Dairy Crest has announced that Mark Allen is stepping down as Chief Executive of Dairy Crest after successful completion of the takeover. Also, Mr. Tom Atherton, Dairy Crest Deputy Chief Executive and Group Finance Director has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Saputo’s Dairy Division in the UK. The changes take effect immediately and Allen will remain with the company to ensure a transition to Atherton until July 2019. Mr. Atherton has worked for Dairy Crest since 2005. He was appointed as an…

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Schur Flexibles appoints Michael Schernthaner as new CEO

EUROPE – Schur Flexibles Group, Europe’s leading provider of flexible packaging has appointed Michael Schernthaner as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. Michael Schernthaner, 41 has been appointed to the helms after serving two years as Schur’s CFO and will work together with COO Juan Luís Martínez Arteaga and Chief Sales Officer Friedrich Humer. Dr. Michael Fischkin, formerly Senior Manager Finance Projects, will be joining Schur Flexibles’ top management team as Group Finance Director. Thomas Unger, partner of Schur owner Lindsay Goldberg, will support management as Chairman of…

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US Grains Council names Ryan LeGrand as new President and CEO

USA – U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has appointed Ryan LeGrand, current council director in Mexico as new president and chief executive officer, effective mid-June. He succeeds Tom Sleight, who announced his retirement from the council this February. LeGrand joined USGC in Mexico in 2015 and has served as the director of the council’s Mexico City office since 2016. He has overseen the expansion of the council’s programming in that country to include ethanol promotion and worked to steady relations with the U.S. and Mexican feed and livestock industries during the…

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Bunge appoints Gregory A. Heckman new company Chief Executive

USA – Global agribusiness company, Bunge has appointed Gregory A. Heckman as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer, after serving in the role on an interim basis for three months. The appointment allows Heckman to continue executing the company strategy he established last quarter to improve performance, focusing and optimizing the portfolio and strengthening financial discipline. He brings more than 30 years of agribusiness experience to the role after working in the agriculture, food, and food ingredients sectors. Heckman, 56, joined the Bunge board in October 2018 and was appointed…

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