Chr. Hansen announces departure of CFO Søren Westh Lonning

Chr. Hansen announces departure of CFO Søren Westh Lonning
Press Release | Apr 16. 2020 06:04 GMT

As announced in the recently published Q2 interim report, the Board of Directors of Chr. Hansen regrettably announces that CFO Søren Westh Lonning has decided to pursue his career outside of Chr. Hansen as CFO of a private equity backed, non-competitive company. Søren Westh Lonning has been with Chr. Hansen since 2007, and has been the CFO since 2015. He will leave his position at Chr. Hansen after the full-year report of the 2019/20 financial year. A search for a new CFO will begin immediately, and will consider both internal and external candidates.

Mauricio Graber, CEO of Chr. Hansen, said: “Søren has been a valued colleague in Chr. Hansen and a valued member of my leadership team. In his more than 12 years with Chr. Hansen, and the last 5 as CFO, he has left a very positive mark on the company and achieved outstanding results. I want to thank him for his time here, and his leadership and contributions will be missed. Most recently I have valued his contributions in leading the strategy review process together with me and in close collaboration with the corporate leadership team. I wish him the best of luck in the next step in his career.”

Søren Westh Lonning, CFO of Chr. Hansen, said: “I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I have been given in Chr. Hansen, and I will certainly miss many talented colleagues from the entire organization. I leave Chr. Hansen with a sense of accomplishment, and I believe the company is in great shape and with an exciting future ahead. I sincerely value the close collaboration with our CEO Mauricio Graber and the corporate leadership team. ”

Søren Westh Lonning will continue to serve on the Executive Board, together with CEO Mauricio Graber and CSO Thomas Schäfer, for the remainder of his tenure with Chr. Hansen, and his successor will replace him in the Executive Board. The Executive Board is appointed by the Board of Directors and is responsible for the day-to-day management within the guidelines and directions given by the Board of Directors.


Chr. Hansen est une entreprise internationale spécialisée dans la bioscience qui se démarque et met au point des solutions naturelles pour les secteurs alimentaire, nutritionnel, pharmaceutique et agricole. Chez Chr. Hansen, nous bénéficions d’une position unique pour stimuler un changement positif au travers de nos solutions microbiennes. Depuis plus de 145 ans, nous travaillons en faveur d’une agriculture durable, d'une meilleure alimentation et d’un mode de vie plus sain pour une part croissante de la population mondiale. Nos plateformes technologiques de solutions microbiennes et de fermentation, qui incluent notre vaste collection d’environ 40 000 souches microbiennes importantes, ont le pouvoir de changer la donne. En répondant aux besoins des consommateurs et aux tendances mondiales, nous libérons le potentiel des bonnes bactéries et relevons les défis planétaires du gaspillage alimentaire, de la santé mondiale et de la surconsommation d’antibiotiques et de pesticides. À titre d’entreprise de fabrication d’ingrédients alimentaires la plus durable au monde, nous intervenons quotidiennement dans la vie de plus d’un milliard de personnes. Motivés par notre tradition d’innovation et notre curiosité de pionniers de la science, notre objectif qui consiste à « cultiver un monde meilleur, naturellement » est au cœur de chacune de nos actions.

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