Our Organisation

Board of Directors

Åke Hantoft, Chairman

Åke Hantoft, Chairman

Location: Ösarp, Laholm, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0) 706 89 56 39

E-mail: ake.hantoft@arlafoods.com

Position: Dairy farmer

Additional business interests: None

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2000

Current positions within Arla: Chairman of Arla Foods amba Board of Directors.

Other experience: Former chairman of Svensk Mjölk (the Swedish Dairy Association)

Education: National school

Languages: (understands): Swedish, English, German and Danish

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Jan Toft Nørgaard, Vice Chairman

Jan Toft Nørgaard, Vice Chairman

Location: Skærbæk, Denmark

Phone: +45 20 21 71 53 

E-mail: Jan.toft.norgaard@arlafoods.com 

Position: Dairy farmer

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2000Current positions within Arla: Vice-Chairman of Arla Foods amba, Chairman of national council in Denmark, Chairman of Region Øerne-Syd, Danmark (Region Islands South, Denmark). 

Other experience:  Member of the Board of Mejeriforeningen (Danish Dairy Board), Landbrug & Fødevarer (Danish Agriculture and Food Council) and AgriNorcold.Former Chairman of Landboforeningen for Vestslesvig (West Silesia agricultural association), Danish Dairy Board and Mælkeafgiftsfonden, a foundation promoting development and competitiveness of Danish dairy farming. Former Vice-Chairman of Danish Agriculture and Food Council and Andelssmør a.m.b.a. (a farmer-owned butter dairy company).Former member of Promilleafgiftsfonden (a foundation promoting development and competitiveness of Danish agriculture and food production), the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, both the Cattle division and the council's principal Board. Member of the Board of MD Foods from 1998.

Education: Farm management qualification, organisation and agricultural leadership training from Danish organisations LOK and LRF.

Languages (understands): Danish, German, English and Swedish

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Viggo Ø. Bloch, Member

Viggo Ø. Bloch, Member

Location: Varde, Denmark 

Phone:  +45 20 32 45 70

E-mail: viggo.o.bloch@arlafoods.com

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2003 

Current positions within Arla: Member of the Board of Arla Foods ambaChairman of Region Midt Danmark (Central Denmark Region). 

Other experience: Member of the Board of Videncenteret for Landbrug, Kvæg (Knowledge Centre for Agriculture – Cattle) and Vice-Chairman of Danish Dairy Board. Former Chairman of agricultural association, Chairman of regional agricultural association, former Member of the Board of the Danish agricultural association, former Chairman of the Board of an agricultural college, and Member of the Board of a heavy goods company. 

Education: Farmer with financial qualification 

Languages (understands): Danish, Swedish, German and English 

Palle Borgström, Member

Palle Borgström, Member

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden 

Phone: +46 (0) 703 24 41 65

E-mail: palle.borgstrom@arlafoods.com

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: Horticulture and forestry 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2008 

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods Board of Directors 

Other experience: Member of the Board of Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund (LRF, the Federation of Swedish Farmers) and Agria, a pet insurance company. 

Education: Farmer from Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) 

Languages (understands): Danish, Swedish, German and English

Jonas Carlgren, Member

Jonas Carlgren, Member

Location: Hennebjörke, Linghem, Sweden 

Phone: +46 70 42 48 890 

E-mail: jonas.carlgren@arlafoods.com    

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: Forestry 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2011 

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods Board of Directors 

Other experience: 8 years' employment at DeLaval International 

Education: Agricultural economist 

Languages (understands): Swedish, Danish and English

Markus Hübers, Member

Markus Hübers, Member

Location: Rees-Haldern am Niederrhein, Germany

Phone: +49 163 365 7483
Position:  Dairy farmer
Additional business interests: None
Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2016
Current position within Arla: Member of Arla Foods Board of Directors, Member of Global Training Committee, Member of Central European Council (CEC)
Other experience: Political engagement in agricultural committee on district and state level
Education: Certified farmer
Languages: German and English
Manfred Graff, Member

Manfred Graff, Member

Location: Simmerath-Lammersdorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany

Phone: +49 2473 7778

E-mail: manfred.graff@arlafoods.com  

Position: Farmer

Additional business interests: Residual waste collection company, biogas plant.

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors:: 2012

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods Board of Directors

Other experience: Chairman of MUH-Arla eG, Chairman for the regional Milchwirtschaft NRW e.V. in Krefeld, Germany (dairy company in Nordrhein-Westfalen). Member of the regional council of a heavy goods company, Raiffeisen-Waren-Zentrale eG, in Cologne, Germany. Member of the biogas section in Landwirtschaftskammer NRW (agricultural association of Nordrhein-Westfalen). Former Chairman and Member of the Board of Representatives in MUH eG.

Education: Farmer

Languages (understands) German, English

Helene Gunnarson, Member

Helene Gunnarson, Member

Location: Snickerns gård, Tvååker, Sweden

Phone +46 (0) 708 88 37 98

E-mail: helene.gunnarson@arlafoods.com  

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2008 

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods Board of Directors 

Other experience: Member of the Board at Varberg Sparbank AB (bank) '

Education: Farm manager, leadership qualification, Danish Agriculture and Food Council's training for Board members 

Languages (understands): Swedish, Danish, English and German

Bjørn Jepsen, Member

Bjørn Jepsen, Member

Location: Borris, Denmark 

Phone: +45 50 95 22 37

E-mail: bjoern.jepsen@arlafoods.com  

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2011 

Current positions within Arla: Member of Board, Vice-Chairman of Region Midt Danmark (Central Denmark Region) 

Other experience: Member of Videncentret for Landbrug, Kvæg (The Knowledge Centre for Agriculture – Cattle). Former member of Board of Representatives of Kløver Mælk (dairy cooperative company) and Arla's Board of Representatives. Former Member of the Board of the Danish Dairy Board, former Member of the Board and Board of Representatives of Skjern Bank.

Education: Farmer

Languages (understands): Danish, English, Swedish and German

Thomas Johansen, Member

Thomas Johansen, Member

Location: Egtved, Denmark

Phone: +45 20 48 24 94

E-mail: thomas.johansen@arlafoods.com

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2002

Current positions within Arla: Member of the Board of Arla Foods amba, Vice-Chairman of Region Øerne-Syd, Danmark (Islands-South Region, Denmark) 

Other experience: 

Education: Agricultural technician

Languages (understands): Danish, English, Swedish and German

Steen Nørgaard Madsen, Member

Steen Nørgaard Madsen, Member

Location: Voel, Silkeborg, Denmark 

Phone: +45 40 27 02 65

E-mail: steen.norgaard.madsen@arlafoods.com  

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2005 

Current positions within Arla: Member of the Board of Arla Foods amba, Chairman of Region Nord, Danmark (Region North, Denmark) 

Other experience: Chairman of the Danish Dairy Board and Member of the Board of The Knowledge Centre for Agriculture – Cattle, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council's commercial Board. Former Member of the Board of Søhøjlandets Landboforening (a local agricultural association). 

Education: Farmer, practical work experience on New Zealand and in Canada

Languages (understands): Danish, English, Swedish, French and German

Torben Myrup, Member

Torben Myrup, Member

Location: Aars, Denmark 

Phone: +45 40 35 78 47

E-mail: torben.myrup@arlafoods.com  

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2006 

Current positions within Arla: Member of the Board of Arla Foods amba, Vice-Chairman of Region Nord, Danmark (Region North, Denmark) 

Other experience: Former Chairman of local and regional agricultural association and Member of the Board of Dansk Landbrug (umbrella organisation for Danish agriculture) and Member of Landbrugsrådet (Agricultural Council of Denmark). 

Education: Farmer

Languages (understands): Danish, English, Swedish and German

Jonathan Ovens, Member

Jonathan Ovens, Member

Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

Phone: +441225 700647

E-mail: jonathan.jesse.ovens@arlafoods.com

Position: Dairy farmer 

Additional business interests: None 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2014 

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods amba Board of Directors, chairman of AMCo 

Other experience: Vice chairman of Northern Milk Partnership, Chairman of Arla Foods Milk Partnership from 2001-2013, chairman of MPL 2003-2013

Education: Farmer

Languages (understands):  English

Johnnie Russell, Member

Johnnie Russell, Member

Location: Dorchester, Dorset, UK

Phone: +44 7710 376 608

E-mail: johnnie.russell@arlafoods.com

Position: Dairy and beef farmer

Additional business interests: Chairman of the ING Group UK Pension Scheme and a trustee of a large London and rural/farming estate.
Appointed member of the Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2012

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods amba Board of Directors

Other experience: 35 years in UK and international corporate banking. Retired in 2010 as head of wholesale lending in ING Bank UK. Founder member and Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee of Milk Link, UK, Chairman of Villiers Park Educational Trust, a charity involved with providing educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A Trustee of various other charitable organisations.

Education: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW)

Language (understands): English

Manfred Sievers, Member

Manfred Sievers, Member

Location: Prinzenmoor (Schleswig-Holstein), Germany

Phone: + 49 4332 98877

E-mail: manfred.sievers@arlafoods.com  

Position: Dairy farmer

Additional business interests: Solar heating systems and electricity trading

Appointed within Arla Foods since: 2013

Current positions within Arla: Member of Arla Foods amba Board of Directors

Other experience: Member of Arla's Board of Representatives, Chairman of Hansa Arla Milch eG's Board of Representatives and regional council, member of Arla's German members' committee. Member of local Board of Representatives of Raiffeisen Bank. Former Chairman of Hansa-Milch AG's Board of Representatives, and Member of the Board of Hansa-Milch AG, former Vice-Chairman of Hansa-Milch eG., former member of the commercial committee of Rendsburger Milchzentrale (central dairy in Rendsburg, Germany), and former member of commercial committee of the cattle farming committee, Agrarberatung Mitte. 

Education: Farmer

Languages (understands): German

Ib Bjerglund Nielsen, Employee representative

Ib Bjerglund Nielsen, Employee representative

Location/Arla Site: Akafa, Denmark

Phone: +45 25577364

E-mail: ib.bjerglund.nielsen@arlafoods.dk

Position in Arla: Dairy worker. Chairman of the workers committee

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2013

Former experience: Been with Arla sine 2005. Untill that production manager at Dansk Eternit. 

Education: National school, leadership training

Language (understands): Danish, English

Harry Shaw, Employee Representative

Harry Shaw, Employee Representative

Location: Oakthorp, UK 

Phone: +447761 048960

E-mail: harry.shaw@arlafoods.com 

Position: Site Senior Shop Steward, Coldstore Grade 1 

Appointed member of Arla Foods Board of Directors: 2013 

Other experience: Joined MD Foods in 1996. Previously worked as part of Transport management team before moving to Despatch. Member of Arla’s European Work Council for more than 5 years, Formed NWC UK, member of The National Operations Forum. 22 years in The British Army as a Physical and Recreational Training Instructor 

Education: O level ( English/Geography/History/Tec Drawing/Art/Woodwork/Biology 

Language (understands): English and German

Håkan Gillström, Employee representative

Håkan Gillström, Employee representative

Location/Arla Site: Linköping dairy, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)705-170534

Email: hakan.gillstrom@arlafoods.com

Position in Arla: Process operator. Local union chairman at Arla in Linköping. 

Member of the Board of Directors of Arla Foods since: 2015

Other experience: Board member of Sverige AB. Worked between 1971–75 in butter manufacture at Norrköping dairy. 1974 Military service as a dog handler. 1975–1980 Security guard at Securitas. 1980–2002 Norrköping dairy. 2002 Linköping dairy. Elected representative, Arla färskvaror’s Board of Directors, 1990s. 1999 Deputy member of Arla’s executive committee, played a part in the merger with MD. Chairman of Livs (Swedish Food Workers’ Union) at Arla Sweden. Member of Arla’s European Workers’ Council. 

Education: Compulsory school

Languages (undertands): Swedish, English

Other posts: Chairman of Livs’ local union in Linköping. Livs’ collective bargaining delegation.

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