Søren Westh Lonning has been appointed the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S.
Søren Westh Lonning (38) is currently Managing Director with responsibility for South West Europe and Vice President Finance for the EMEA region at Chr. Hansen.
In the period 2007-2013, Søren held positions as Vice President for Business Finance and Sourcing, Finance Director for the Cultures & Enzymes and Health & Nutrition Divisions, and Director of Corporate Development at Chr. Hansen. Before joining Chr. Hansen, he was Investment Manager at Axcel Private Equity and, prior to that, an Associate at McKinsey & Co.
Søren holds an M.Sc. in Finance and Accounting (cand.merc.fir.) from Copenhagen Business School.
“I am extremely excited about assuming the position of CFO of Chr. Hansen after close to eight years with the company. Chr. Hansen is a truly fantastic company with many attractive growth opportunities and great employees, and I look forward to continuing being part of the future development of the company as a member of Chr. Hansen’s Executive Board,” says Søren Westh Lonning.
Søren will take up his new position on 1 August 2015. From this date, the Chr. Hansen Executive Board will consist of CEO Cees de Jong, EVP Knud Vindfeldt and CFO Søren Westh Lonning.
“Søren has a strong financial background from national as well as international positions, a great knowledge of Chr. Hansen and its products, and broad leadership experience, all competencies that are well suited to the job as CFO, and I am therefore very happy that we are able to appoint a highly qualified internal successor,” says Cees de Jong, CEO.
For further information, please contact:
Anders Mohr Christensen, Senior Director, Investor Relations
Tel: +45 4574 7618
Helle Rexen, Corporate Communications
Tel: +45 4574 7636
Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. Sustainability is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts and our many collaborative partnerships with our customers. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.