NETHERLANDS: Vion names Master Blenders exec CEO

By Katy Askew | 18 December 2013

Vion names CEO

Vion names CEO

Vion Food Group has announced the appointment of Douwe Egberts Master Blenders chief Michiel Herkemij to the post of CEO.

The meat group, which is in the process of restructuring its operations to boost profitability, said Herkemij has "extensive international experience", having lead "various companies through periods of transition".

As CEO of coffee group Master Blenders, Herkemij managed the company's move to an "independent company" after Sara Lee split in two. Before this, Herkemij headed up Heineken's business in Mexico and Nigeria, as well as leading the Asia, Africa and Middle East operations of FrieslandCampina.

"Mr Herkemij will plot a new strategic course, continue to work on the new food structure and the quality of Vion operations and its products," the group said.

Herkemij will join Vion in mid-January. 

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VION Food Group appoints new CEO
17 | DEC | 2013

VION Food Group's Supervisory Board will appoint Michiel Herkemij (49) as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board. Mr Herkemij has extensive international experience in the food and beverage sector, and has led various companies through periods of transition.

Within his role as CEO of Douwe Egberts Master Blenders, he managed its move to an independent company following its divestment from Sara Lee. Prior to this, he was involved in the acquisition and integration of FEMSA's beer division for Heineken and subsequently fulfilled the position of CEO in Mexico.

Before this, Mr Herkemij had worked in Nigeria as the CEO of Nigerian Breweries, an important Heineken subsidiary. He has also led operations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East for FrieslandCampina. Mr Herkemij will plot a new strategic course, continue to work on the new Food structure and the quality of VION operations and its products. He starts work on 15 January 2014.

Original source: Vion Food Group

Sectors: Meat & poultry

Companies: FrieslandCampina, Sara Lee, Vion Food Group

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