Press release

​Heléne Gunnarson is new vice-chairman of Arla Foods


The Arla Foods amba Board of Directors have appointed Heléne Gunnarson from Tvååker, Sweden as vice-chairman of Arla Foods amba.

Commenting on the appointment, Heléne Gunnarson says:

“I am honoured to be appointed as vice-chairman of Arla Foods. I look forward to continuing work on strengthening our position for the benefit of all 11,200 farmer owners across all seven countries."

Heléne Gunnarson was appointed at the ordinary board meeting on Thursday, June 28 following the appointment of Jan Toft Nørgaard as new chairman of Arla Foods amba in May. The new chairmanship will assume their appointments on July 2, when Åke Hantoft retires after seven years as chairman of Arla Foods.

Commenting on the appointment of the new vice-chairman, Jan Toft Nørgaard says:

“On the Board of Directors, Heléne and I have worked closely together for 10 years and I know that we will complement each other well and be a strong team. We will continue to focus on creating growth and a strong cooperative for future generations of milk producers together with the rest of the Board of Directors.”

Heléne Gunnarson is 49 years old. She lives on the farm Snickerns gård, a dairy farm with 200 cows, in Tvååker, Sweden with her husband, Sven, and their two children.

The new vice-chairman has been a farmer since 1997 and an elected representative in the cooperative since 2000. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and is the chairman of the Swedish Area Council and the Organic Committee.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 11.200 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the strongest players in the international dairy arena, with a wide range of dairy products of highest quality. Well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® belong to the Arla family. Arla Foods is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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