Lotgerink is currently CEO of Zwanenberg Food Group, a European producer and exporter of meat products, canned meat, snacks, soups and sauces. The appointment will take effect from 1 September.
He succeeds Francis Kint, who is set to leave Vion on 1 June. With this appointment, the board of directors at Vion will consist of Ronald Lotgerink and chief financial officer (CFO) Joost Sliepenbeek. The appointment to CEO means that Ronald Lotgerink will step down as a member of the supervisory board.
Lotgerink started his career at KPMG and joined Zwanenberg Food Group as CFO in 1989 before being appointed CEO in 2007. He has also a member of the supervisory board of Vion since 2014.
“Vion and the agricultural sector and food industry are good acquaintances to Ronald,” said Sipko Schat, chairman of the supervisory board of Vion. “He is very much at home in the challenges of the international meat markets and has extensive experience with branded products, private labels and the meat processing industry. He is also a member of our supervisory board, which gives him a head start in his new position. He has close ties with suppliers, customers and producers, and in our opinion is the perfect candidate.”
Ronald Lotgerink added: “For me, Vion is a system company within the meat industry. The fact that I now get the chance to become CEO makes me proud, also because I come from a butcher’s family. Vion has the right strategy to build a sustainable future within this industry and I want to continue and strengthen it.”