November 28, 2017
Chr. Hansen CEO to step down
Chr. Hansen's CEO Cees de Jong has informed the company that - after having led Chr. Hansen for almost five years - he intends to pursue a career as a non-executive director outside Chr. Hansen in due course.
The company has initiated a process to find his replacement. For now, de Jong will continue as CEO of Chr. Hansen.
Ole Andersen, chairman of Chr. Hansen's Board of Directors, said: "Cees has done a tremendous job for Chr. Hansen and its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. Together with the corporate leadership team, Cees has steered the company while delivering in accordance with our financial goals, helped develop an ambitious strategy and has been a driving force behind our initiatives to pursue new growth opportunities."
"Chr. Hansen will be in a much stronger shape when Cees leaves, than when he arrived," Andersen added. "We have several new and exciting prospects. I therefore look forward to identifying and appointing a new CEO for Chr. Hansen among the very strong candidates for this attractive position."
"Chr. Hansen has a unique competence base and strong growth prospects, and it is - and has been - a privilege to be the CEO since 2013," said de Jong.
"The company and its employees have been creating excellent results and are continuing to deliver on the "Nature's No. 1" strategy, turning Chr. Hansen into a true global microbial solutions company. While I am choosing now to pursue a different career, I will continue fully dedicated in my role as CEO for Chr. Hansen until my replacement has been found."