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Hero Group appoints new CFO

Published: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Karsten Boyens to take on the role effective April 1, 2016

The Hero Group, with a mission to delight consumers by conserving the goodness of nature, announces that it has appointed Karsten Boyens as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He will take up his new position on April 1, 2016.

Karsten Boyens

Boyens brings with him a wealth of experience in the financial field. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Swiss-based luxury skincare company La Prairie Group, an independent business unit within the Beiersdorf Group. He joined the Beiersdorf Group 10 years earlier and held a number of posts in Germany and France, including Head of Regional Controlling and Finance Director Benelux/France Group. He began his professional career with McKinsey & Company where he worked on numerous projects in different fields over a four-year period. 

“We are extremely pleased to have Karsten on board with us here at the Hero Group. We believe he has a great deal to offer in terms of knowledge, experience, and skill sets. I am excited to work with Karsten on furthering our profitable growth,” said Rob Versloot, CEO Hero Group. From his part, Boyens said: “I am excited to take on this new challenge at the Hero Group. The company has an interesting portfolio of brands in different categories and I look forward to contributing to the development of the business in the future.” 

German-born Boyens, 44, is married with three children. He studied business administration at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, Germany, and holds a PhD from the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. He replaces Stephan Schopp who stepped down from the post late last year due to health reasons. 

About Hero Group
The Hero Group is an international food company focused on branded nutritional food products. The company was founded in 1886 in Lenzburg, Switzerland, where its headquarters are still located today. Hero's main core product categories of Baby and Toddler Food and Milks, Jams, and Healthy Snacks are complemented by its activities in the Decoration and Gluten-free product segments. The Group, which lives by its mission to Delight consumers by conserving the goodness of nature, boasts a global footprint and its portfolio consists of many well-known international and local brands. In 2014, the Group generated revenues of more than CHF 1.3 billion.