Changes made in Orkla’s Group Executive Board

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President and CEO Jaan Ivar Semlitsch has made several changes in Orkla’s Group Executive Board.

Atle Vidar Nagel Johansen (57) has been appointed CEO of the new Orkla Foods business area. He previously held the position of CEO of Orkla Care. Ann-Beth Freuchen, who is currently CEO of Orkla Foods Nordic & Baltics, is leaving the Group. Johan Wilhelmsson will step down from the Group Executive Board, but will continue to serve as CEO of Orkla Foods International, which will now become a business unit in Orkla Foods.

Hege Holter Brekke (52) has been appointed CEO of the Orkla Care business area. She is currently CEO of the Orkla Health business unit, and has experience from a number of Orkla companies, in addition to TINE and McKinsey & Company.

Ingvill T. Berg (44) has been appointed CEO of the Orkla Confectionery & Snacks business area. She will succeed Jeanette Hauan Fladby, who is leaving the Group. Ingvill T. Berg is currently CEO of Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Norge and has held a variety of senior management positions in this business unit, in addition to having experience from Arcus and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.

Effective 14 January 2021, Orkla’s Group Executive Board will consist of:

Jaan Ivar Semlitsch, President and CEO
Atle Vidar Nagel Johansen, Orkla Foods
Hege Holter Brekke, Orkla Care
Ingvill T. Berg, Orkla Confectionery & Snacks
Johan Clarin, Orkla Food Ingredients
Kenneth Haavet, Orkla Consumer & Financial Investments
Harald Ullevoldsæter, Finance & IT
Sverre Prytz, M&A & Strategy

Christer Grönberg, Group Functions

Håkon Mageli, head of Corporate Communications & Corporate Affairs, will remain part of Orkla’s expanded Group Executive Board and report to Christer Grönberg.

Jaan Ivar Semlitsch has the following comments on the changes in the Group Executive Board:

“I’ve had the pleasure of serving as President and CEO of Orkla since August 2019. Since starting out, I have met many capable employees. In making changes in the Group structure and the top executive staff, I have deliberately chosen competent leaders who have made a strong, positive impression on me. I am glad that both Hege and Ingvill have accepted the opportunity to become part of the Group Executive Board and our future team. I am looking forward to building a strong sense of community in the Group Executive Board,” says Orkla President and CEO Jaan Ivar Semlitsch.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Ann-Beth and Jeanette for their excellent efforts over many years in the Group. They have each contributed in their respective areas to very good profit growth and development of our companies in the Nordics and Baltics. I wish them both every success with new responsibilities outside Orkla,” Jaan Ivar Semlitsch adds.


About Orkla   

Orkla is a leading supplier of branded consumer goods and concept solutions to the consumer, out-of-home and bakery markets in the Nordics, Baltics and selected markets in Central Europe and India. Orkla is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and its headquarters is in Oslo. In 2019, the Group had a turnover of NOK 43.6 billion, and approximately 18,350 employees as of 31 December 2019

Orkla ASA
Oslo, 13 January 2021



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