Sweden: Oatly reshuffles c-suite with new exec hires from Mars and Danone

NASDAQ-listed company looks to secure long-term growth and expand international footprint with new hires
Oatly reshuffles C-suite with new exec hires from Mars and Danone

Oat milk-maker Oatly Group has hired ex-Mars pet food and chocolate boss Jean-Christophe Flatin as its global president and former-Danone executive Daniel Ordonez as its COO. 

The new appointments coincide with Oatly’s latest growth phase as it focuses on long-term profitability. The company expects these hires to help it build on its current position in the market and grow its international footprint, as well as sharpening its supply chain and manufacturing practices. 

As global president Flatin will be responsible for increasing ‘global connectivity’ across he company’s innovation, food science, supply chain and sustainability arms. 

Flatin previously spent 30 years at Mars in various roles including global CEO and president of the Royal Canine pet food business and president of the global chocolate devision. 

Most recently he served as president of innovation, science, technology at Mars Edge, a new entrepreneurial segment of Mars. 

Ordonez haș spent time as chief growth officer of Danone’s dairy and plant-based divisions, as well as its spanish business. Prior to Danone, he worked at Unilever for 10 years in various brand director roles. 

As part of the c-suite reshuffle, current Oatly COO Peter Bergh will transition into the company’s chief strategy officer, taking on responsibility for Oatly’s global business development strategy. 

Oatly CEO Toni Petersson said of the reshuffle: “On behalf of our board and management team, I am pleased to welcome Jean-Christophe and Daniel, two accomplished industry leaders, to Oatly as we position ourselves for the next phase of global growth. 

“Their proven track records of driving growth and profitability at multinational consumer packaged goods companies will be valuable to Oatly as we continue to scale production to meet the growing demand for our products,” he added. 

Oatly will report its Q1 2022 financial results on 4 May.