Scandinavian meat and poultry company HKScan is in search of a new executive vice president for its Swedish market area, as Sofia Hyleen Toresson has turned in her resignation.

Toresson has held the position since May 2017, and has also been a part of the company’s group management team.

According to a press release from the company, Denis Mattsson has been appointed to fill Toresson’s position on an interim basis. Mattson’s appointment was effective November 20.

“Denis Mattsson will be responsible for our Swedish business and its development in line with the company’s objectives and new strategy,” HKScan CEO Tero Hemmilä.

Mattsson has extensive international expertise in leadership positions in the food industry, particularly in the meat sector. He returns to HKScan after having served as executive vice president for HKScan’s operations in Sweden and Denmark.

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According to Hemmilä, the company plans to fill Toresson’s position on a permanent basis in 2020.

“I want to thank Sofia Hyléen Toresson for her work for the company and wish her every success in the future,” Hemmilä said.

HKScan, according to the Poultry International Top Companies survey, is the 28th largest poultry company in Europe. Headquartered in Turku, Finland, the company has four poultry slaughter plants and one processing plant. Its home markets cover Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltic region.

While the company’s portfolio includes chicken, turkey, ducks, pork, beef and lamb, it recently announced it would be entering the plant-based protein sector. HKScan and Hes-Pro Oy signed a cooperation agreement to develop, produce and launch plant-based protein products.