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New executive board appointments

Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Swiss food group Hero has today announced that, effective April 1st 2012, Hans Huistra will be promoted to Executive Vice-President and will become a member of the Group’s Executive Board. At the same, Stephan Schopp will become the Group’s Chief Financial Officer replacing Andrew Lawson who has elected to leave the Group.

Hans Huistra has been with the Group since 2011 and has overall responsibility for the Group’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA). Previously he has been working with FrieslandCampina and Unilever in senior management roles in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. His deep international knowledge and experience in the food industry equip him well to lead and develop Hero’s high-potential CEEMEA region.

Andrew Lawson joined the Group in 2000 to set up and lead the Group’s business development and M&A function and was promoted to CFO in 2006. During this time, the Group has undergone a fundamental change in strategy as a result of organic growth and a high volume of M&A transactions to become one of the leading global infant players with substantial positions in Europe, North America, CEEMEA and, most recently, China. Today, Hero generates more than 45% of its revenues in Infant Nutrition and has a leading international position in jams.

Stephan Schopp joined AOH Nahrungsmittel GmbH & Co. KG, Hero’s parent company, in 2002 as Financial Controller. Since then he helped to focus AOH’s activities on branded business, divesting AOH’s industrial portfolio. Since 2004, he also took over management responsibility for other non-food investments of Dr. Arend Oetker. In 2006, Stephan Schopp was, in addition, appointed CFO of Hero’s largest subsidiary Schwartauer Werke.

Further information available from:
Peter Amon, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +41 62 885 52 04
Fax: +41 62 885 54 30