The farmer-owned global dairy cooperative Arla Foods has declared the appointment of two external advisors to its Board of Directors, who bring global digital, marketing and technology expertise to complement the strong commercial and farming knowledge of its elected board members.
The appointments are Florence Rollet, a venture partner with LuxuryTechFund in Paris and former board member at French spirits company giant Remy Cointreau and Nana Bule, CEO of Microsoft in Denmark and board member at Energinet.
Commenting on the appointments Arla Foods Chairman Jan Toft Nørgaard says:
“We are delighted to announce the appointments of Florence and Nana, which we see as a natural evolution of the make-up of our board. At Arla, we are experiencing a rapid acceleration in both the development of our branded business and the application of new digital technologies throughout our value chain. Florence and Nana will bring much valued global experience in these areas.”
“As a Board we also get the opportunity to work with our strong Executive Management Team, led by CEO Peder Tuborgh, to guide the future development of the business and I am sure that both Florence and Nana will also bring valuable experience and perspective to these discussions.”
Florence Rollet is an experienced and versatile business leader and marketing executive. She has wide global marketing and brand expertise from commercial roles at large global FMCG companies such as Danone, Pepsi and Reckitt Benckiser. Florence Rollet has also held high-level positions in the highly competitive beauty and luxury goods industry where she has led businesses in Europe and EMEA.
Florence Rollet is a graduate of the EM Lyon Business School from 1987. She is currently a venture partner with LuxuryTechFund in Paris and has sat on the board of the French spirits company giant Remy Cointreau for six years before stepping down in July 2019.
Nana Bule is newly appointed CEO of Microsoft Denmark. She has been in the tech industry for almost two decades and has in-depth knowledge of fast-paced global digitalization as former COO and CMO at Microsoft Denmark where she has worked with some of the largest enterprises on their digital transformation journey.
Nana Bule holds a degree from CBS in Business Economics and Strategy in addition to graduate studies at IT University of Copenhagen. She currently sits on the board of Energinet, an independent public enterprise that operates and develops the Danish energy transmission systems, and on the Central Board at the Confederation of Danish Industry.
The new external advisors have joined Arla Foods Board of Directors as of October 1st 2019. Arla Foods Board of Directors consists of 15 farmer-owners who are elected by the Board of Representatives and three employee representatives.