FrieslandCampina appoints new CEO

Jan Derck van Karnebeek will begin on June 1
calendar icon 27 March 2023
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Royal FrieslandCampina NV announced the appointment of Jan Derck van Karnebeek as its new Chief Executive Officer. Van Karnebeek will join FrieslandCampina as from 1 June 2023 and replace Hein Schumacher, who will join Unilever as CEO and leave FrieslandCampina per 1 May 2023.

Jan Derck van Karnebeek is currently CEO of GreenV, the international operating group of companies active in the horticultural sector, which is a portfolio company of HAL Investments. Van Karnebeek spent almost his entire career at Heineken NV in commercial, marketing and general management positions. His professional journey at Heineken included jobs in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria and culminated in the position of Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Executive Team at the brewer’s international head office in Amsterdam from 2015 until 2021. 

“We are delighted to welcome Jan Derck van Karnebeek as our new CEO," said Royal FrieslandCampina NV’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board Sybren Attema. "Jan Derck is a business leader with an excellent track record of delivering growth across multiple businesses, in the Netherlands and internationally, in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business settings."

"He is a seasoned consumer goods executive with a strong focus on value creation for the company and its owners, always with a keen eye for the interests of all stakeholders," Attema added. "Jan Derck believes in doing business with a purpose in which people, planet and profit are key elements. He is known as a team player who sets the bar high for himself and others while creating an environment of trust, confidence and accountability. The Supervisory Board looks forward to working with Jan Derck in shaping the next, successful chapter in FrieslandCampina’s 150-year history."

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