September 2/Hørsholm, Denmark/Press Release -- Chr. Hansen has announced the appointment of Christian Barker as executive vice president for its Health & Nutrition Division.

“We are ready for the next step for this division and we look for different management competencies to take us there. We will enforce our strategic focus and look at new opportunities for future growth. I am happy that Christian Barker has accepted to head up this challenge. Christian has substantial experience with identifying and developing growth opportunities and I look forward to expanding our collaboration,” says Cees de Jong, CEO.

Barker joined the company in May 2012 as corporate vice president for Corporate Strategic Development. No decisions regarding his succession have been made at this point.

Barker will replace Henrik Dalboege, who will be leaving Chr. Hansen as of 30 September 2013. Henrik Dalboege has been with the company since 2006 and from 2007 as part of the executive management.

“Henrik has a solid background within human health and industrial biotechnology and under his leadership the Health & Nutrition Division has developed from a business unit to an independent division with strong growth. Henrik has professionalized our activities in Health and Nutrition, and developed a sound platform for probiotics for dietary supplements and infant health. I would like to thank Henrik for his considerable contribution and dedication to Chr. Hansen”, says Cees de Jong, CEO.