Milk Link's Neil Kennedy leaves Arla co-op board
Neil Kennedy, former chief executive of the farmer co-op Milk Link, is stepping down from his role at Arla from the end of March.
He was chief executive of Milk Link until the merger with Arla Foods and since October has held the position of senior vice president for milk and member services.
Mr Kennedy said: "As chief executive of Milk Link, my vision, one shared by the Milk Link board, the executive and most importantly our farmers, was to establish a vertically integrated farmer-owned business that could provide its members with long-term security, stability and sustainability.
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"I firmly believe that the merger with Arla, one of the world's largest and most progressive farmer-owned dairy businesses, will deliver this.
"My reason for leaving is purely a personal one. Having been heavily involved in the merger process, I now feel that the time is right to take on a new challenge and pursue new opportunities outside Arla."
Commenting on Mr Kennedy's decision, Arla UK chief executive Peter Lauritzen said: "It has been a pleasure to work with Neil. He has made an enormous contribution to the success of the merger between Arla and Milk Link and, while I fully understand his reason for stepping down, I am disappointed that he will not be part of the business in the future."
Ash Amirahmadi, Arla's vice president for marketing, will assume responsibility for milk and member services in addition to his marketing role.