Danish Crown top executive resigns

by Bryan Salvage
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RANDERS – Carsten Jakobsen, chairman of Tulip Ltd., who is also vice CEO/president international of the Danish Crown Group, is leaving the company on Dec. 2 once results for 2009/10 are published at the Board of Representatives meeting. Jakobsen joined the Danish Crown Group management following the merger with Vestjyske Slagterier in 1998, where he was CEO.

Jakobsen has been the architect behind the very significant position which Tulip Ltd. now holds as one of the leading meat suppliers in the UK, the company relays. Tulip Ltd. operates 17 sites throughout the UK. He has also been the driving force behind establishing a company, which has increased its revenue from £315 million (US$504 million) to more than £1.1 billion (US$1.8 billion), which in turn has created an impressive increase in number of employees.

“Carsten Jakobsen has been responsible for the growth we have witnessed in the UK in recent years,” said Niels Mikkelsen, chairman of Danish Crown. “Also, his achievements as chairman of our US operation, Plumrose Inc., have been invaluable. It is a very prominent figure in the global meat business that has now chosen to leave the Danish Crown Group, but Carsten has made sure that the next generation is in place to carry on his legacy.”

Jakobsen’s decision to leave comes after several years of intensive work successfully fulfilling the visions and strategy – both in the UK and the US.

“In this business, standing still is not an option, but I believe I can say ‘mission accomplished’, and for me the time has now come to pass on the responsibility to competent people like CEO Steve Murrells in the UK and CEO David Schanzer in the USA”, said Jakobsen.

His position as chairman of both Tulip Ltd and Plumrose USA will be taken over by Flemming Enevoldsen, CEO of Tulip Food Company, who is already a member of the Danish Crown Group management, which in future will consist of Kjeld Johannesen, CEO of Danish Crown, Preben Sunke, CFO, and Flemming Enevoldsen.
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