Inside Arla

General Management

Vice President, Head of SEA region

Meet Mark

Mark's job in 3 words: Purpose. Empower. Grow.

Having travelled, lived and worked all over the world, Dutch-born Mark brings valuable world-wide experience and a global mindset to his role as head of the South East Asia (SEA) region.

Local insights are key

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Mark faces markets where societal issues span from malnutrition to obesity, the so-called dual burden of many countries in SEA. Arla aims to continuously develop solutions for consumers in the diverse Asian markets, ranging from mature markets dominated by health- and quality-conscious consumers, to developing and emerging markets where people live on two dollars a day and are trying their first glass of milk. “This is reality. Addressing this diversity is an exciting part of the job. Local understanding is the key to be relevant for consumers and customers.” 

A shared sense of purpose

Arla has a ‘down to earth’-culture and there is a strong emphasis on collaboration, which I believe is driven by a shared sense of purpose. We have a deeply rooted belief of creating natural, healthy goodness and that is why for example, we are the largest organic dairy manufacturer in the world."

Walk the walk, talk the talk

Our company will perform well if we have authentic leaders and teams who will go the extra mile,” says Mark. “Our SEA-team has a clear sense of purpose and its members have the opportunities to develop their abilities.” Mark empowers each of his team-members: “In our markets we need to be entrepreneurial, creative and persistent. I believe that it is my role to hire great talent and make sure they have the freedom to go beyond their imagination. To do what they think is right and make things happen. This is what Arla is about: growing together, as individuals, as a team, and as a business.

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