Knut Nesse steps down as Nutreco CEO

Ole Alexander Saue

Knut Nesse, the CEO of Nutreco has announced he is to leave the Dutch animal nutrition and aquafeed company after six years at the helm.

“It has been a privilege to have been a part of Nutreco for so long and to been in the role of CEO for the past six years,” said Nesse in a press release.

His decision to quit marks the end of his 23-year career at Nutreco, where he started in company’s proprietary feed company,  Skretting.

All change

“It has been wonderful to work in a growing agricultural and aquaculture industry, and a pleasure to work with so many great people. But now is the time for a change. I have taken the personal decision to move back to Norway with my family after living abroad for many years,” said the Norwegian.

Jeroen Drost, director of SHV, the Dutch family company that owns Nutreco, said Knut had shown “great leadership”.  in his role as CEO of Nutreco.

“Knut has had a decisive impact on the development, growth and success of the company. Under his leadership, the company now has a solid foundation for growth and a clear strategic direction for the coming years. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Rob Koremans will start in Nutreco on August 1, 2018.

Dutchman Rob Koremans, until recently the President and CEO of Global Specialty Medicines and member of Executive Committee at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd,  will take over from Nesse in October.

Koremans gained a PhD in medicine from RSM Erasmus University in The Netherlands and holds an MBA from Babson College in the United States. He has held various management positions over his 30-year career, mainly in the pharmaceutical industry, including from Serono (part of Merck Group), Grünenthal and Sanofi-Aventis in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.


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