Orkla wishes to strengthen competitiveness and create new opportunities for growth in Confectionery & Snacks. A single company is now being established in each country and new company CEOs have been appointed.
On 8 April, Orkla announced its intention to create a single company in each country within the business area. Following talks with employee representatives, a decision has now been made to this effect. This means that KiMs Norge, Sætre and Nidar in Norway are being merged into one company. In Sweden, OLW and Göteborgs Kex are being merged to form a single company, and in Finland Chips and Panda will become one company. In Denmark, KiMs will continue to operate as a separate company, as will Latfood in Latvia.
“By creating one dynamic company per country, we are now strengthening our competiveness and creating new opportunities for growth in the Nordic region. We must be optimally equipped to do battle with strong international players. By merging our existing companies, we will create greater scope for innovation within and between categories,” says Orkla President and CEO Åge Korsvold.
Göran Schultz, who is currently CEO of the Chips Group, has been appointed acting Executive Vice President and CEO of the business area Orkla Confectionery & Snacks. He will hold this position until Christer B. Åberg takes up the post on or before 1 August 2013.
A CEO has been appointed for each of the new companies. Ann-Beth Freuchen will become CEO in Norway. She is currently CEO of KiMs Norge. In Finland Pasi Flinkman, now Country Manager of Chips, will become CEO of the new company. Göran Schultz will be CEO in Sweden. Ann-Beth Freuchen, Göran Schultz and Pasi Flinkman will take up their new posts with immediate effect. In Denmark, Kim Munk will continue in his position as CEO of KiMs and in Latvia Valdis Blums will continue as CEO of Latfood.
In the coming weeks, Orkla’s intentions as regards the company structure in each country will be discussed with trade union representatives. The aim is to reach a conclusion in the course of May. Furthermore, new management teams are to be put in place for each of the companies in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Orkla Confectionery & Snacks is one of five business areas in Orkla. At the end of 2012, the business area had a turnover of around NOK 4.8 billion and employed a work force equivalent to 2,231 man-years. Orkla Confectionery & Snacks now comprises the companies KiMs Norge, Sætre and Nidar in Norway, OLW and Göteborgs Kex in Sweden, Panda and Chips in Finland, Latfood in Latvia and KiMs in Denmark. In 2012, Orkla’s turnover totalled approximately NOK 30 billion. At year end, the company had 28,000 employees, about half of whom worked in the branded consumer goods area.
Orkla ASAOslo, 22 April 2013
Executive VP Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs
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