Last month, the company informed the markets that he would be absent for a longer period of time due to health reasons. Deen has now decided to step down as CEO and to leave ForFarmers so that he can fully focus on his recuperation.
Jan van Nieuwenhuizen, chairman of ForFarmers' supervisory board: “We thank Chris for his commitment. We regret but respect his decision and wish him a good recovery.”
The board has initiated the search process for a successor. Until the appointment of a new CEO, Roeland Tjebbes (CFO) and Pieter Wolleswinkel (COO) will continue to assume the tasks and responsibilities of the chief executive.
Deen took over from Yoram Knoop as CEO, joining ForFarmers in July 2022.
Prior to leading ForFarmers, he was CEO of Aviko, one of the four largest potato processors in the world and subsidiary of cooperative Royal Cosun. Deen also held CFO and CEO positions in Bakkersland.