New CEO of FrieslandCampina

New CEO of FrieslandCampina

17-03-2023 Jan Derck van Karnebeek has been appointed the new CEO of FrieslandCampina. He will join the company from June 1, replacing Hein Schumacher who will become CEO of Unilever and leave FrieslandCampina on May 1.

Jan Derck van Karnebeek is currently CEO of GreenV. He spent almost his entire career at Heineken. He held various commercial roles in the Netherlands, Slovakia and Hong Kong/China, was General Manager from 2001-2005, General Manager from 2006-2009 in Bulgaria, director in Romenia from 2009-2011, President Region Central and Eastern Europe from 2012-2015 and CCO from 2015-2021. He was also a member of the Executive Team in Amsterdam.

Sybren Attema, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal FrieslandCampina said, "We are delighted to welcome Jan Derck van Karnebeek as our new CEO. Jan Derck is a leader with an excellent track record of achieving growth at various companies, in the Netherlands and internationally, both in business-to-consumer and business-to-business environments. He is a highly experienced manager in the field of consumer products with a strong focus on value creation for the company and its owners, always with a keen eye for the interests of all stakeholders. Jan Derck believes in doing business with purpose where 'people, planet & profit' are central. He is known as a team player who sets the bar high for himself and others while creating an environment of trust, self-assurance and responsibility. The Supervisory Board looks forward to working with Jan Derck to shape the next successful chapter in FrieslandCampina's 150-year history."

Jan Derck van Karnebeek: "I am honored to become the new CEO of FrieslandCampina. What attracts me enormously about FrieslandCampina is that it is a modern consumer products company - with passionate employees, nutritious products and ingredients and strong consumer and B2B brands marketed in more than 100 countries - and combines that with the rich history and no-nonsense, hands-on mentality of the cooperative. FrieslandCampina's member dairy farmers were "purpose-driven" before the word existed at all, and have always demonstrated that they take the changing needs and expectations of consumers and society to heart while at the same time carefully caring for their animals, land and farm as good stewards for the next generation. I look forward to continuing to work with the employees and member dairy farmers of FrieslandCampina to grow and future-proof this fine company and cooperative."