Knud Vindfeldt steps down from the Executive Board of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Knud Vindfeldt steps down from the Executive Board of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S
Knud Vindfeldt
Press Release | Jan 06. 2017 07:00 GMT

After more than 25 years with Chr. Hansen and 11 years in Executive Management, Knud Vindfeldt will step down from the Executive Board of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S on 28 February 2017.

Knud Vindfeldt joined Chr. Hansen in 1991 and was appointed member of the Executive Board of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S and head of the Cultures & Enzymes Division in 2005, and was further appointed COO and Deputy CEO in 2016. After February, Knud will continue to support Chr. Hansen in the role of advisor to the CEO for a period of six months.

Cees de Jong, CEO of Chr. Hansen, says: “Knud has been one of the key drivers behind the success of Chr. Hansen in the dairy market, and he has relentlessly pushed for continued improvements in our strategic, operational and financial performance. The results delivered by the Food Cultures & Enzymes Division (FC&E) speak for themselves; since 2005, both revenue and EBIT margin have more than doubled."

“With the transfer of the commercial responsibility for FC&E to Christoffer Lorenzen in April last year, the recent recruitment of Thomas Schäfer as Chief Scientific Officer and, today, with the promotion of Torsten Steenholt to Executive Vice President, Global Operations and member of the Corporate Leadership Team, we have ensured Knud’s succession. On behalf of the entire Chr. Hansen organization, I would like to thank Knud for his exceptional contribution to Chr. Hansen and wish him all the best for the future.”

Knud Vindfeldt says: “Chr. Hansen is a truly great company and it has been a fantastic journey, which I am proud to have been part of. The company is in better shape than ever, delivering solid results. With such strong successors in place, I feel confident that this is a natural time for me to step down. In the coming months, we will ensure a good handover.”

Following this change, the Executive Board will consist of CEO Cees de Jong and CFO Søren Westh Lonning. In addition, and as previously announced, Thomas Schäfer will join Chr. Hansen as CSO and member of the Executive Board in due course.


For further information, please contact:

Anders Mohr Christensen, Senior Director, Investor Relations
Tel.: +45 4574 7618

Camilla Lercke, Head of Media Relations
Tel.: +45 5339 2384


A Chr. Hansen é uma empresa líder global de biociência, que desenvolve soluções naturais para as indústrias alimentícia, nutricional, farmacêutica e agrícola. Desenvolvemos e produzimos culturas, enzimas, probióticos e corantes naturais para uma ampla variedade de alimentos, confeitos, bebidas, suplementos nutricionais, rações animais e proteção vegetal. A nossa inovação em produtos se baseia em cerca de 40 mil cepas microbianas – nós gostamos de chamá-las de “bactérias boas”. Nossas soluções permitem aos fabricantes de alimentos produzir mais com menos – ao mesmo tempo que reduzem o uso de produtos químicos e outros aditivos sintéticos –, tornando nossos produtos altamente relevantes no mundo atual. Sustentabilidade é uma parte essencial da visão da Chr. Hansen para melhorar os alimentos e a saúde. Em 2019, a Chr. Hansen foi considerada a empresa mais sustentável do mundo pela Corporate Knights, graças aos nossos esforços em prol da sustentabilidade e às muitas parcerias colaborativas com os nossos clientes. Há mais de 145 anos nós satisfazemos os nossos parceiros e, por extensão, os nossos consumidores finais em todo o mundo. Temos orgulho pelo fato de que mais de 1 bilhão de pessoas consome diariamente produtos contendo os nossos ingredientes naturais. A Chr. Hansen foi fundada em 1874 e está listada na Nasdaq Copenhagen.

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