Jais Valeur on January 18 assumed the role of group CEO of Danish Crown, replacing Kjeld Johannesen, who stepped down after leading the pork company for 27 years. Valeur was named to succeed Johannesen in October and has spent the last several months familiarizing himself with the company.

“My overriding ambition is to continue to develop Danish Crown for the benefit of both its owners and its employees. Danish Crown is a truly global business with sales in more than 130 countries and a backbone of merchants with a strong customer focus. Generally speaking, the company has a good standing in the international competition, so I'm very much looking forward to getting started,” said Valeur, who most recently worked as the executive vice president of Arla Foods.

“Danish Crown is a well-managed business. It is staffed by skilled employees who are extremely hard-working, loyal, and who clock in at many different times of the day, so there is no doubt in my mind that Danish Crown has a very strong foundation on which to build.”

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In the near future, Valeur will be visiting a number of Danish Crown’s business partners.

Since announcing his intent to retire from Danish Crown, Johannesen has accepted a role as chairman of the board for Hamlet Protein.