Arla chairman re-elected

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Arla chairman re-elected
20 May 2015
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Swedish Åke Hantoft has been re-elected as chairman of Arla Foods amba. Danish Jan Toft Nørgaard was re-elected as vice chairman. The board has been slimmed down by three members for the next term of office.

The election to Arla Foods amba’s Board of Directors was confirmed at the Board of Representatives meeting in Halmstad, Sweden on May 20-21. The Board of Directors subsequently re-elected Åke Hantoft as chairman and Jan Toft Nørgaard as vice chairman.

For the coming two years, Arla’s Board of Directors will consist of 15 farmers and three employee representatives; a total of 18 members. This number is fewer than in the last term, when new board members were appointed as a result of the cooperative mergers.

The reduction in seats means that the United Kingdom and Central Europe each lose one seat on the Board of Directors. Consequently, Peter Winstone (Arla Milk Link, UK) and Patrick Krings (MUH Arla, Central Europe) have stood down. The number of employee representatives on the Board has been reduced from four to three, and consequently Oliver Brandes (Central Europe) has stood down.

The only new member to join the Board after this election is Håkan Gillström, one of Arla’s employee representatives. He replaces Leif Eriksson, who did not seek re-election.

Arla’s Board of Directors 2015-2017:

Åke Hantoft (elected by farmers in Sweden)
Jan Toft Nørgaard (elected by farmers in Denmark)
Bjørn Jepsen (elected by farmers in Denmark)
Hélene Gunnarson (elected by farmers in Sweden)
Johnnie Russell (elected by farmers in the United Kingdom)
Jonathan Ovens (elected by farmers in the United Kingdom)
Jonas Carlgren (elected by farmers in Sweden)
Manfred Graff (elected by farmers in Central Europe)
Manfred Sievers (elected by farmers in Central Europe)
Mathieu Dobbelstein (elected by farmers in Central Europe)
Palle Borgström (elected by farmers in Sweden)
Steen Nørgaard Madsen (elected by farmers in Denmark)
Thomas Johansen (elected by farmers in Denmark)
Torben Myrup (elected by farmers in Denmark)
Viggo Ø. Bloch (elected by farmers in Denmark)

Håkan Gillström (employee representative)
Ib Bjerglund Nielsen (employee representative)
Harry Shaw (employee representative)

Facts – election for Arla’s Board of Directors:

  • All members are elected for two year terms.
  • When it comes to electing farmers for the Board, Arla is divided into four election areas; Denmark, Sweden, Central Europe and the United Kingdom. The number of seats allocated to each election area corresponds to the level of capital each has in Arla’s equity.
  • Employee representatives on the Board are elected by Arla’s own European Work Council, which consists of employee-elected representatives from Denmark, Sweden, Central Europe and the United Kingdom.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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Arla Group Press Office
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Åse Andersson
Åse Andersson Head of Media Press contact for Arla Foods in Denmark +45 91 310 310 +45 89 38 10 00
Carina Østergaard
Carina Østergaard Corporate Communication Manager Press contact for Arla Foods International +45 91 31 16 01 +45 89 38 10 00