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Executive Committee

Get to know who is in AAK’s Executive Committee. What are the members’ current positions and qualifications? When did they start to work at AAK? How many holdings in AAK do they have?

Johan Westman

President and CEO

Employed: 2018
Born: 1973
Nationality: Swedish
Other significant positions: Board member Absolent Group AB (publ.)
Experience: Senior Vice President Europe and Managing Director of the BlankLight division at Shiloh Industries, Inc., President and CEO of FinnvedenBulten AB (publ.), President of Finnveden Metal Structures AB, and management consulting with Arthur D. Little.
Qualifications: MSc. Industrial Engineering and Management
Holdings: 105,000 stock options*

Fredrik Nilsson

CFO (Chief Financial Officer), Head of Corporate Communications, Mergers & Aquisitions, and IT. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2007
Born: 1977
Nationality: Swedish
Qualifications: MSc. Business Administration
Holdings: 90,000 shares and 25,000 stock options*
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Jan Lenferink

President AAK Europe. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2015
Born: 1963
Nationality: Dutch
Qualifications: Food Technology
Holdings: 35,000 stock options*
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David Smith

President Global Operations. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2001
Born: 1960
Nationality: British
Qualifications: MBA, Graduate Diploma in Business Management
Holdings: 40,000 stock options*

Sten Estrup

President AAK Asia. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2020
Born: 1968
Nationality: Danish
Qualifications: MBA, MSc. Dairy Science & Technology, Executive Master in Change, Diploma in HRM
Holdings: 50,000 stock options*
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Octavio Díaz de León

President AAK USA and North Latin America. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2007
Born: 1967
Nationality: Mexican
Qualifications: MBA, BSc. Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
Holdings: 240,000 shares and 15,000 stock options*
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Gerardo Garza Lopez de Heredia

President AAK South Latin America. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2014
Born: 1961
Nationality: Mexican
Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Food Engineering
Holdings: 18,000 stock options*
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Karsten Nielsen

CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 1988
Born: 1963
Nationality: Danish
Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Food Technology
Holdings: 45,400 shares and 50,000 stock options*
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Anne Mette Olesen

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer. Head of People and Corporate Branding. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2010
Born: 1964
Nationality: Danish
Qualifications: MBA, BSc. Chemical Engineering
Holdings: 120,000 shares and 50,000 stock options*

Tim Stephenson

President Global Sourcing & Trading. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 1995
Born: 1961
Nationality: British
Qualifications: MA (Oxon), FCA
Holdings: 10,000 stock options*
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René Schou

President Global Industries. Vice President AAK AB

Employed: 2011
Born: 1969
Nationality: Danish
Qualifications: MBA, and Food Technologist
Holdings: 10,000 stock options*

*Holdings as of September 30, 2020. Each stock option entitles the option holder to buy 6 shares.