December 2, 2015


Hamlet Protein appoints Danish Crown CEO as new chairman




Hamlet Protein has appointed Kjeld Johannesen, outgoing CEO of meat processor Danish Crown, as chairman of the board effective January 1, 2016.


Under Johannesen's 27-year leadership at Danish Crown, the farmer-owned cooperative has become the world's biggest pork exporter and the largest meat processing company in Europe.


The search for a new chairman began after Altor Fund IV and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division acquired Hamlet Protein in September 2015. Both investing partners recognise the opportunities to take the company to the next level as a global leader in proteins for young animal nutrition.


According to CEO Søren Munch, the new chairman has exactly the right experience and competences to support Hamlet Protein in realising that potential.


"Kjeld Johannesen brings a valuable combination of Danish knowhow and a global mindset. With his strong focus on internationalisation, he has built one of Europe's leading food companies," says Søren Munch.


"Danish Crown has also given him a rare understanding of the challenges farmers face when optimising the efficiency of their pig production. Many of them are the same challenges that Hamlet Protein help farmers solve using tailored ingredients for young animal feed."

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