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Piet Hein Merckens resigns as Aviko CEO

6 December 2018
Piet Hein Merckens will resign from his position as CEO Aviko B.V., effective January 1, 2019.
Differences of insight with the Board of Directors of Royal Cosun about the execution of Aviko’s strategic planning have resulted in a mutual decision to move on separately.
“Aviko is a wonderful company with talented and engaged people, great brand activation and an excellent growth potential. With the right focus, an integrated mindset and joint efforts by all, Aviko has a prosperous future ahead”, says Piet Hein Merckens.
Piet Hein Merckens became chief executive officer at Aviko in 2014. Prior to that he held positions as CEO of Royal Wessanen and president at Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee. He started his career at Procter & Gamble.
“We would like to thank Piet Hein Merckens for his many contributions to Aviko’s success. During his tenure Aviko experienced significant performance increase, while the organization was further professionalized and prepared for future growth”, says Albert Markusse, CEO at Royal Cosun. 
In the coming months Merckens will complete a number of projects and prepare for a smooth handover of responsibilities, once succession has been completed.