US agribusiness Bunge has appointed a CEO of its Europe, Middle East and Africa to replace the retiring Jean-Louis Gourbin.

The firm’s COO, Tommy Jensen, will succeed Gourbin as CEO, from 1 May, reporting directly to Alberto Weisser, chairman and group CEO.

Jensen joined Bunge in 2003 as managing director of Bunge Poland, and became VP of Northern and Central Europe in 2005. Last year, he was named Bunge EMEA’s COO.

“Tommy is a skilled leader with a track record of delivering strong results and business growth,” said Weisser. “During his nine-year career at Bunge, he has managed a highly successful business in Northern and Central Europe and led our expansion in the region through the acquisitions of Walter Rau and Raisio and the consolidation of our operations in Poland. His deep industry experience and proven leadership will serve Bunge well in his new role.”

Gourbin joined the firm in 2004 as CEO of Bunge Europe, from the Danone Group, where he was president of the company’s biscuits and cereal products division.