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Givaudan’s Graber appointed Chr Hansen CEO; To take position on June 1
Wednesday, 10 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Chr Hansen Holding A/S’ board of directors has appointed Mauricio Graber as its new chief executive officer (CEO). The 54-year-old, who has been president, flavours division, Givaudan S A, and executive committee member, Givaudan, since 2006, will assume office on June 1, 2018.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, and a masters in management from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

Graber’s professional career started in 1989 with the Nutrasweet Company in the United States as business development manager. After two years in the role, he returned to Mexico in 1991 to become regional head, North Latin America.

In 1995, he joined the United States-based flavour company Tastemaker as regional president, Latin America.

In 1997, Tastemaker was acquired by the industry leader Givaudan, and subsequently Graber was appointed regional president, Latin America, of the combined regional business.

From his new base in Brazil, he continued in that role until 2006, when he was appointed president of the company’s flavours division, based in Switzerland.

Over the past 10 years, Graber has led Givaudan Flavours to strengthen its global industry leadership position.

He has built a customer-centric culture, accelerated commercialisation of innovation, invested in developing markets, driven productivity programmes and delivered both organic growth and successful integration of strategic acquisitions. In addition, he has developed internal talents and built a strong organisation.

Ole Andersen, chairman, board of directors, commented, “I am delighted to announce Graber as new CEO of Chr Hansen as of June 1, 2018.”

“With over 20 years of experience in the global ingredients industry, he is a truly international executive,” he added.

“Graber brings a strong track record and extensive global leadership experience from his current position,” Andersen said.

“I am excited that he will take over as new CEO of Chr Hansen and am convinced he is well suited to contribute to the continued strong performance and growth in Chr Hansen,” he added.

“I have followed Chr Hansen for many years and am very impressed with its unique position and the strong results continuously being delivered,” said Graber.

“I am very excited to relocate to Copenhagen and join the company. I really look forward to meeting and beginning to work with its leadership team and its many committed employees,” he added.

Cees the Jong, Chr Hansen’s current chief executive officer, will continue as acting chief executive officer until Graber takes up his new position.
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