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European meat cooperative Danish Crown has appointed an executive from drinks bottler Refresco as its CFO.

Thomas Ahle will join Danish Crown in February. The 48-year-old will replace Preben Sunke, who will become Danish Crown’s COO and vice CEO.

Danish Crown chairman Erik Bredholt said: “Thomas has a strong track record with great results in both finance and change management. At the same time, he has broad international experience, and he is a leader with strong communication skills.”

Ahle’s career includes periods in the food industry, including a stint as CFO for the then Cadbury’s operations in northern Europe. After Cadbury’s sale to the then Kraft Foods, he worked for Sweden-based baker Lantmannen Unibake for four years, including in the role of group CFO. Since 2014, Ahle has worked for Refresco.

Ahle will be joining a reshaped Danish Crown, which this summer agreed to sell UK business Tulip to US poultry supplier Pilgrim’s Pride.

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