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Arla appoints new head of Danish business

Press Release   •   Aug 19, 2014 09:02 BST

Tomas Pietrangeli has been appointed as the new head of Arla Denmark. He is moving from his role as Managing Director at Reckitt Benckiser and will join Arla Arla later this year.

Tomas Pietrangeli, 42, has broad experience from other fast-moving consumer goods companies including Proctor and Gamble, Gillette, and Royal Unibrew.

“Tomas brings some exciting skills with him to his new role, which I look forward to seeing him unfold as he carries on the solid work that our Danish business delivers,” says Arla CEO Peder Tuborgh.

”I really look forward to taking on the role as head of Arla Denmark, which I regard as being Denmark’s strongest and most exciting food company. I am looking forward to continually developing the Danish business, together with the team at Arla Denmark,” says Tomas Pietrangeli.

When Peter Giørtz-Carlsen recently left his position as head of Arla Denmark and took on the role as head of Arla UK, Arla’s executive management group took the opportunity to review the future leadership setup for all three Nordic core markets – Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Head of Arla Sweden, Executive Vice President Henri de Sauvage, will continue as head of Arla Sweden based in Stockholm, but will represent all three Nordic core markets in the executive management group, as of 2015.

In 2013, Arla’s turnover in Sweden was approximately DKK 11.6 billion, while it reached approximately DKK 6.6 billion in Denmark and approximately DKK 2.7 billion in Finland.


Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,600 dairy farmers circa 2,800 of whom are British. 

Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s sixth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products.  Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.

Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor, Cravendale, and Lactofree. It processes 3.5 billion litres of milk a year and has a turnover of £2.2 billion. As well as being number one in fresh liquid milk, butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury and has plans for it to be the first zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 4,000 colleagues located at its dairies, distribution centres and head office.