Dutch meat firm Vion has appointed Dirk Kloosterboer as CEO following the departure of Uwe Tillmann.

Kloosterboer, vice chairman of the executive board, has taken over from Tillmann following his departure on 3 September.

Vion did not give a reason for the departure of Tillman who has been employed with the firm since 2003. He had held the role of CEO since January 2010.

In his new position, Kloosterboer will take charge of the “accelerated and broader implementation” of Vion’s strategic action plan, the company said, which is aimed at “ensuring recovery of results”.

“The supervisory board has every confidence that this adjustment to the management will ensure the successful implementation of Vion’s strategic vision. Alongside Dirk Kloosterboer, the executive board consists of Peter Beckers and Ton Vernaus, who will work together to implement the strategic vision,” the company said.

Vion has made a series of changes to its UK operations in recent years, with plants closed but others seeing investment. Vion was also hit by a strike this year in the UK after a pay dispute.

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Last month, a government-led coalition challenging Vion’s decision to close its Hall’s of Broxburn meat plant in the UK identified “significant savings” at the loss-making facility but job losses still look inevitable.

The unit is reported to have attracted interest from two potential buyers but this has not been confirmed.

In May, Vion booked a drop in full-year profit for 2011. EBITDA in the 12-month period slumped 53% to EUR90m (US$113.2m), while profit after tax was EUR14m.