SWITZERLAND, Basel. The Bell Food Group is adjusting its corporate structure to the growth experienced in the last few years and is strengthening its Group Executive Board. The meat and convenience specialist is also expanding its fresh convenience production capacity for the German market.
The business areas are being restructured at top Group level. While the Bell Switzerland business area will not undergo any changes, the former Bell Germany and Bell International units will be merged into the new Bell International business area. The Hilcona, Eisberg and Hügli organisational units were already merged into the Convenience business area during the course of the year.
Within the Bell International business area, the existing Bell International division will be renamed Bell Western/Eastern Europe division, comprising the Bell France, Bell Poland and Bell Hungary units. Given its size and independent marketing activities, Hubers/Sütag will in future form its own division.
The adjustment of the organisational structure will also strengthen the management structure. The Group Executive Board will consist of the heads of the business areas. The Bell Switzerland business area will continue to be managed by CEO Lorenz Wyss in personal union. The current CFO Marco Tschanz will take over as head of the new Bell International business area as well as the central IT executive department. The Bell Food Group will be joined by Volker Baltes as head of the Convenience business area and Xavier Buro as CFO.
Volker Baltes (55) has many years of experience in the food processing industry. He is currently the General Manager of Herta and Garden Gourmet in Germany. He previously worked in various functions for several international manufacturers of food products. Baltes will take up his position with the Bell Food Group on 1 July 2019.
Xavier Buro (49) has many years of experience in finance and related service areas such as mergers and acquisitions. As a member of Transgourmet's Executive Board, he is currently responsible for finance in Central and Eastern Europe. Buro will join the company on 1 May 2019 and take over the function of CFO on 1 July 2019.
Fresh convenience is an attractive and growing market in Germany. The company would like to further strengthen its position in this dynamic environment. For the German production facility in Bad Wünnenberg, a concept is currently being drawn up for the production of fresh convenience products.