After more than 25 years with Chr. Hansen and 11 years in executive management, Knud Vindfeldt will step down from the executive board of Chr. Hansen Holding A/S on February 28.

Vindfeldt joined Chr. Hansen in 1991 and was appointed member of the executive board and head of the Cultures & Enzymes Division in 2005, and was further appointed chief operating officer and deputy CEO in 2016. After February, Vindfeldt will continue to support Chr. Hansen as adviser to the CEO for six months.


“Knud has been one of the key drivers behind the success of Chr. Hansen in the dairy market, and he has relentlessly pushed for continued improvements in our strategic, operational and financial performance,” said Cees de Jong, CEO of Chr. Hansen. “With the transfer of the commercial responsibility for FC&E to Christoffer Lorenzen in April last year, the recent recruitment of Thomas Schäfer as chief scientific officer (CSO) and, today, with the promotion of Torsten Steenholt to executive vice president, global operations and member of the corporate leadership team, we have ensured Knud’s succession.”

After this change, the executive board will consist of CEO de Jong and Chief Financial Officer Søren Westh Lonning. In addition, and as previously announced, Thomas Schäfer will join Chr. Hansen as CSO and member of the executive board in due course.