Natalie left Arla Foods in March 2020.
Highly experienced Chief Financial Officer with a passion for creating shared value for owners and stakeholders in an international environment and pushing digital boundaries in business.
From 2016 to March 2020, Natalie Knight was the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Management Group at the dairy cooperative Arla Foods, a global business with sales in more than 120 markets and the world’s largest producer of organic dairy products. In addition to being responsible for finance and legal, Natalie had global responsibility for IT.
Prior to joining Arla in 2016, Natalie, who speaks fluent German and English, spent 17 years at adidas AG in Germany and the US, where she led Investor Relations and subsequently combined this role with responsibility for M&A. In 2008, Natalie became CFO of adidas North America, following which she took on the global role as Senior Vice President of Brand and Commercial Finance. Her final role at adidas was SVP Group Functions, where she was responsible for a large international team, providing strategic and financial support to adidas’ Global Operations, Indirect Procurement and other global functions. Natalie has also held Investor Relations roles in BASF and Bankgesellschaft Berlin and was also the Director for Business Information at the US Embassy in Germany.
Natalie is originally from Seattle and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and German from the University of Arizona. She moved to Germany in 1992, where she completed her master’s degree in Economics.