Jais Valeur leaves Arla to become CEO of Danish Crown

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01 October 2015
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Executive Vice President Jais Valeur has decided to accept a position as CEO of Danish meat processing company Danish Crown.

Jais has been with Arla Foods for nearly 30 years apart from 6 years in jobs outside the company. He rejoined Arla in 2000 and held management positions within Arla subsidiaries Arla Foods Ingredients and Mengniu Arla in China, and since 2007 he has held his current position as Executive Vice President in the Arla Group.

"Jais has driven a big change agenda within our Categories and Operations and as a leader he has taken Arla a big step forward in innovation, category development and at the same time been able to develop a streamlined operations organisation. I am sorry to see him go as a colleague in the executive management team and as a leader who lives the global mindset that we value in our leadership. I am also proud on Jais' behalf that he has been offered this role and I wish him all the best," says CEO in Arla Foods, Peder Tuborgh.

Jais received an offer from Danish Crown that was too good to pass.

"My years in Arla have been fantastic and I have been lucky to be part of this great company and heading up a team of inspirational leaders. However, the opportunity for me to join Danish Crown and be part of their development was too good to turn down and I believe I will be able to make a difference," says Jais Valeur.

Jais will leave Arla by mid-November this year. The process of finding his replacement has now been initiated.

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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