Sara Lee Corporation announced that its board of directors has agreed to appoint Jan Bennink, executive chairman of Sara Lee, as the chairman of the board of «CoffeeCo». This appointment will take effect after the planned spin-off in 2012
Bennink, 54, joined Sara Lee in January 2011 and his primary responsibilities are the leadership and implementation of the spin-off, in addition to chairing the board of directors and building and maintaining a senior management team.
«I believe this business and its leading brands have tremendous promise, and by focusing on innovation, marketing and operational efficiencies, we will be successful», said Bennink. «I look forward to continuing to work closely with the CoffeeCo management team and its new leader, Michiel Herkemij, to help this great business reach its full potential», said Bennink.
Bennink has extensive executive leadership experience in the food and beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. Prior to Sara Lee, he served as chief executive officer of Royal Numico and has held key management positions with Groupe Danone, Benckiser GmbH and Procter + Gamble. Bennink previously served on the advisory board of ABN AMRO, as well as on the boards of various global companies, including Kraft Foods. He is currently a director of Coca-Cola Enterprises.