Danish Crown appoints new chief financial officer
The business has appointed Thomas Ahle as its new group chief financial officer (CFO), effective from the beginning of February 2020. He will take over from the current group CFO Preben Sunke, who will concentrate on the role of group chief operating officer and vice CEO of Danish Crown.
Ahle is currently CFO in charge of Europe in PAI-owned Refresco, the world's largest independent operator in the field of bottling beverages. He graduated as an economist from the University of Aarhus in 1999 before starting his career at Aarhus Oliefabrik (now AAK), where during his six years in the company he held various leadership roles in both the finance and accounting department. He switched to a position as business controller in Cadbury in charge of Northern Europe, and he was later promoted to CFO for the same area.
In 2010, he left the company after the merger with Kraft Foods, but continued in the food industry at Lantmännen Unibake. First as CFO with responsibility for Denmark and later as responsible for controlling the entire group. Since 2014, Thomas Ahle has worked for Refresco.
Erik Bredholt, chairman of Danish Crown, said: “Thomas has a strong track record with great results in both finance and change management. At the same time, he has broad international experience, and he is a leader with strong communication skills.”
On his appointment, Ahle said: “I look forward to starting at Danish Crown, which is an exciting company with strong values and a clear strategy. I will do everything I can to support the work of providing quality food and creating value and sustainable solutions for the owners, customers and employees.”