Francis Kint to be appointed CEO of Vion Food
Boxtel, 9 July 2015 – Vion Food has appointed the Belgian Francis Kint (53) as CEO with effect from 1 September. He takes over the management from Interim CEO Tom Heidman who is re-appointed as member of the Supervisory Board, also with effect from 1 September. Mr Kint has been CEO of UNIVEG, a worldwide supplier of vegetable and fruit products since 2013. In this capacity he was jointly responsible for the merger with Greenyard Foods, which was completed in June.
After gaining his degree in civil engineering at the University of Ghent, and following the completion of his military service, Francis Kint started as consultant at Accenture, after which he worked for Sara Lee. His subsequent international career has consisted of various management roles at companies such as Chiquita (Vice President, North and Eastern Europe), Fiskars (President, Europe) and UNIVEG. During his career he has worked in a number of countries, including Belgium, France and Germany.
“The dynamics of the modern food industry hold no secrets for Francis. He is well versed in confronting the challenges of handling fresh products and has extensive experience in maintaining good relations with suppliers, clients and producers worldwide,” said Sipko Schat, Chair of the Board of Directors of Vion Food. “Francis is also a facilitator par excellence, getting people and companies with different backgrounds and cultures to work together effectively.”
Earlier this year, Vion Food published improved results for 2014. Together with the operational improvements, adjustments to the footprint and the robust financial position provide a solid foundation for continued improvement of results. The current course and focus on optimising margins through valorisation and reduction in costs engenders confidence in the future. The working capital financing agreed in April 2015 and completed in June, gives the financial flexibility to deliver against agreed plans.
With the appointment of Francis Kint as CEO, the Board of Directors of Vion Food now consists of Mr Kint and CFO Joost Sliepenbeek, who was appointed earlier this year.
Appointment of Henk van den Bogaart
At the same time, Henk van den Bogaart has been appointed as Director Human Resources at Vion Food, with effect from 1 October. Henk joins Vion from Wessanen, where, as Executive Vice President HR & Organisation for the past twelve years, he has developed into a versatile HR manager who has managed many change projects. He has extensive international HR experience, obtained at leading companies including Akzo, Gist-Brocades and Philips.
With these appointments the team which will lead Vion Food is complete. This gives Tom Heidman the opportunity to return to the Supervisory Board.
“We are grateful to Tom for his commitment during the last half year. With the help of many others within Vion he has created a sound foundation for the future of Vion. We have every confidence that Francis is the right man to continue to shape the future of Vion,” said Schat.