Findus Group has today (Wednesday 8th April 2015) announced the appointment of Jørn-Gunnar Jacobsen as CEO of Findus Norway. Jørn-Gunnar Jacobsen will take on the role from 1st May 2015 and will be responsible for driving growth across Findus Norway’s wide product range including frozen fish, ready meals, vegetables, potatoes, pastries and berries. Findus Norway is part of Findus Group, one of Europe’s leading seafood and frozen food businesses, with more than 6,000 employees and a turnover in excess of 1.4billion euros.
Jørn-Gunnar has previously undertaken a number of senior, strategic leadership and commercial roles across both the public and the private sector, most recently as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Procurement Officer for ICA Norway. Atle Farmen, who has served as Findus Norway’s Managing Director since 2011, has decided to leave the business at the end of April, to pursue career opportunities outside of the Findus Group.
James Hill, Chief Executive of Findus Group, said: “I am pleased to announce that Jørn-Gunnar Jacobsen will take on the role of CEO of Findus Norway and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to the team. I would also like to thank Atle Farmen for his contribution over the past four years and wish him all the best in his future career. He has been a great ambassador for Findus Norway and has been instrumental to the current strength of the brand with our Norwegian customers and consumers. Findus is an iconic brand in Norway, delivering premium frozen food across fish, vegetables, meals and bakery products, and we have exciting plans for future innovation and growth in the market.”
The Findus brand is available in grocery stores in Norway and the business also supplies the catering and food service markets, industrial sales and produces private label products. Findus Norway employs approximately 300 employees, with headquarters in Asker and factories in Hedrum at Larvik and Tønsberg. Findus Group recently reported operating cash-flow of £67million and EBITDA of £91million for the year ending 2014, up 4% on the previous year, on a constant currency basis. 2014 was Findus Group’s second year of positive constant currency growth and the Group continues to be optimistic for the financial year ending 2015.