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Greenyard Names New Leadership Team As CEO Steps Down

Published on Jan 30 2018 12:00 PM in Fresh Produce tagged: fresh produce / Dole / Greenyard

Greenyard Names New Leadership Team As CEO Steps Down

Belgian fresh-produce company Greenyard has announced that its CEO, Marleen Vaesen, left the company on 31 January, after five years in the position.

Vaesen is set to be replaced by the group’s current executive chairman, Hein Deprez, who will step down from his board role.

Greenyard says that Deprez will steer the company with newly promoted COO Carl Peeters and a new CFO, who has yet to be appointed.

The company added that these management changes will help strengthen the organisation and “bring Greenyard to the next level”.

Transformation Period

Greenyard Group has been in a transition period since it was created (through the merger of Univeg, Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest) in 2015.

“I would like to thank Marleen for her valuable contribution by transforming Greenyard into today’s modern, strong company,” said Deprez.

“After this initial transformation period following the merger, the announced management changes are a next step to further execute our strategy,” he added. “By doing so, we will focus even more on our strategy and priorities to continue generating profitable growth and strengthening our global leadership position in fruit and vegetables.”

Greenyard posted a 2.4% decline in sales, to €2.09 billion, in the first half of the year, with adverse weather conditions hindering operations.

It was previously reported that the group could be set to take over the Dole Food Company, however, earlier this month, Greenyard announced that negotiations about the potential acquisition ended without a definitive agreement.

© 2018 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Sarah Harford. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.

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