Press release

Appointment of leadership team

Following the appointment of Peter Lauritzen as Managing Director of Arla Foods UK on 19 April 2007, the following additional appointments complete the leadership team.

  • Hanne Sondergaard - Deputy CEO - Strategy, Communications & HR
  • Jan E. Petersen - Business Group Director - Finance (His current responsibilities as Regional Director for the Middle East will be handled by BG Director Finn S. Hansen until further notice.)
  • Simon Stevens - Business Group Director - Commercial
  • Jens Termansen - Business Group Director - Supply Chain Dev. & Technical Services
  • Martin Gilbert - Business Group Director - Production & Distribution
  • Peter Walker - Business Group Director - Milk Procurement

Peter Lauritzen commented: "I am delighted to have put together a very strong team, combining experience in the industry, understanding of Arla Foods UK and of Arla Foods amba. Over the longer term, our priority will be to maximise the potential of the business within the larger Arla Group.

"In the coming weeks, we will be setting out our plans for the integration process. A very critical first stage of this will be getting around the business and hearing from everyone that is involved about the challenges and opportunities they see. 

"I am confident that by working together we can build a very successful business." 

Arla Foods UK plc is home to some of the UK’s leading dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor. Processing approximately two billion litres of milk a year Arla continues to be one of the UK’s leading dairy companies and a supplier of fresh liquid milk and cream to the top seven retailers.

Over 2,500 daily deliveries are made directly to stores nationwide and Arla brands can be found across the dairy category. As well as the leader of the butter, spreads and margarine sector, and a major supplier of other added value products including flavoured milk and cheese, Arla continues to build working relationships with Arla Foods Milk Partnership, a unique group of dairy farmers, which supplies around 90 per cent of Arla's total milk requirements.

Behind this leading business is a team of circa 2,800 people across the UK located at our dairies, distribution centres and head office.

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