On the move

On the move

just-food examines executives on the move



What could feature on to-do list of new Unilever CEO Alan Jope? 30 Nov 2018

Paul Polman's departure from Unilever will mark the exit of one of the food sector's most high-profile CEOs. But how could his successor Alan Jope shape the FMCG giant?


Cereal? Health? A company split? What might be next for PepsiCo under new CEO Ramon Laguarta 8 Aug 2018

Indra Nooyi is stepping down as PepsiCo CEO, to be replaced by another 20-year company veteran, group president Ramon Laguarta. What could lie ahead for the food and beverage giant? Dean Best reports.


What are the options for incoming 2 Sisters CEO Ronald Kers? 24 May 2018

After 25 years at the helm of 2 Sisters Food Group, one of the UK's largest food companies, multi-millionaire founder Ranjit Singh Boparan is stepping aside. Having recently faced a recent hygiene scandal, which dug holes in its finances, he has hired Ronald Kers as CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the challenges ahead for the former Müller executive.


Can new CEO Steven Oakland rebuild TreeHouse Foods? 8 Mar 2018

TreeHouse Foods has hired industry veteran Steven Oakland to rescue what has become a sinking ship under the weight of its acquisition of the then ConAgra Foods' private-label arm in 2016. Simon Harvey looks at the job in hand for the former J.M. Smucker chief executive, who inherits a transformation programme still in its infancy and losses of more than US$200m.


Kellogg - new CEO, same old problems 5 Oct 2017

Kellogg this week welcomed a new CEO. Former Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola and The Nature’s Bounty Co. executive Steve Cahillane took the hot seat at the US cereal and snacks giant on Monday (2 October). The 52-year-old replaces Kellogg veteran John Bryant, who oversaw a challenging period for the business but made progress in some areas. Dean Best reports.


What lies ahead for FrieslandCampina's new CEO? 30 Sep 2017

FrieslandCampina, the world's fifth-largest dairy business, has announced the departure of CEO Roelof Joosten, with CFO Hein Schumacher to take the helm of the Dutch cooperative in the new year. Simon Harvey looks at what could be at the top of Schumacher's to-do list.


Plenty to ponder as Mondelez changes CEO 3 Aug 2017

One of the longest tenures at the top of a major food multinational is set to come to an end, with Irene Rosenfeld, the chairman and CEO of Mondelez International, set to leave the Cadbury and Oreo maker next March. Rosenfeld, who became the CEO of Mondelez forerunner Kraft Foods in 2006, will leave behind a very different business to the one at which she arrived 11 years ago. Dean Best reflects on her time at the helm and outlines what could lie ahead for her successor, the former Coca-Cola, Mars, Danone and McCain Foods executive Dirk Van de Put.


What next for Nestle under new CEO Schneider? 20 Jul 2016

Nestle appointed Ulf Mark Schneider, currently CEO of healthcare company Fresenius, as its chief executive officer last month. just-food takes a look at what could be on the executive's 'to do' list as he takes the helm at the world's largest food maker. 


How could change at the top impact Lindt & Sprungli? 7 Jun 2016

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli has been on something of a roll in recent years. The company has consistently grown its sales ahead of the wider chocolate market. It should come as little surprise then that in announcing chief executive Ernst Tanner is stepping down, the Lindor maker stressed "continuity" in naming financial chief Dr Dieter Weisskopf his successor.


On the move: What could lie ahead for new Cloetta CEO? 15 May 2015

Cloetta CEO Bengt Baron is handing the reins to the boss of its Finnish unit, David Nuutinen, after six years at the top of the European confectioner. The company has just come through what Baron called an "intense restructuring period" following the merger between Cloetta and Leaf International in 2012 and the business is seeing a steady rise in sales. But what lies ahead for Nuutinen? Hannah Abdulla reports.


On the move: Why China was central to Nestle executive change 28 Apr 2015

Nestle's operations in Asia, Oceania and Africa have had a challenging few quarters. CFO Wan Ling Martello has been asked to take charge of the division to try to revitalise its performance - and must focus on China.


On the move: The challenges awaiting ConAgra's new CEO 27 Mar 2015

ConAgra Foods' third-quarter numbers were of the 'not as bad as feared' variety. That said, they were still not very good. A host of challenges lie ahead for CEO-elect Sean Connolly and he will need to find answers to big picture questions – particularly surrounding the group's private label unit – in the weeks and months to come. Katy Askew reports.


On the move: Marfrig stresses continuity as CEO Rial departs 16 Jan 2015

Brazilian protein group Marfrig surprised the market yesterday (15 January) with the announcement CEO Sergio Rial will stand down. Rial was a chief architect behind Marfrig's "focus to win" strategy, which has left the group on the cusp of a return to earnings stability. With internal successor Martin Secco Arias to replace Rial, the company was keen to emphasise coherence as it calmed initial investor jitters. Katy Askew reports.


On the move: Morrisons to up focus on value after Philips exit 13 Jan 2015

Morrisons has announced chief executive Dalton Philips is to leave the UK grocer, an apparent victim of the retailer's inability to compete against the likes of Aldi and Lidl. Philips tried to emphasise Morrisons' value credentials but early efforts do not seem to have paid off and the company has indicated a fresh push on value and costs under a new chief executive.


On the move: Market hopes for refocused Danone under Faber 3 Sep 2014

Shares in Danone rose as the market reacted to the announcement of a change at the top of the French food group. After 18 years at the helm, Franck Riboud is to step down as CEO. Analysts believe his replacement, deputy CEO Emmanuel Faber, need to give Danone a renewed sense of focus to take the business to the next stage.


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