Freek Rijna, Chief Operating Officer of the business group Consumer Products Asia, will end his career within FrieslandCampina on 31 December 2014. Piet Hilarides, currently Chief Operating Officer of the business group Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder, will take over the responsibilities of Freek Rijna as from 1 January 2015. The successor of Piet Hilarides will be announced in the autumn of 2014.
Freek Rijna has been Chief Operating Officer since 1 January 2009, initially of the business group Consumer Products Europe and he switched to the business group Consumer Products Asia in Singapore on 1 January 2013. It was anticipated that Freek Rijna would fulfill this position for two years. Freek has held various senior positions, including that of Managing Director of Friesland Asia Pacific and Friesland Foods Western Europe, since 1994.
Piet Hilarides started as Chief Operating Officer of the business group Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder group on 1 January 2009 and he has worked with FrieslandCampina since 1994.
Both Piet Hilarides and Freek Rijna will remain responsible for the management of their own business groups until the end of the year. Additionally, Piet Hilarides will focus on his new role and be involved in drawing up the budget for 2015 of the Consumer Products Asia business group as from September.
The Dutch Central Works Council has been consulted about the changes in the Executive Board.
Piet Hilarides (left) and Freek Rijna (right)