MALMÖ, Sweden, July 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oatly Group AB (Nasdaq: OTLY)(“Oatly” or the “Company”), the world’s original and largest oat drink company, today announced the appointment of Marie-Jose David as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective October 1, 2023. Ms. David will lead Oatly’s global finance function, reporting directly to Oatly’s CEO Jean-Christophe Flatin. She succeeds Christian Hanke, who has served as CFO since 2020. Mr. Hanke, who assisted in the search process, has chosen to step down from the company and will continue to serve as CFO through September 30 to support the transition.
"I am delighted to welcome Marie-Jose to lead our global financial team as we enter our next phase of growth," said Mr. Flatin. "We believe her impressive global and operational experience in scaling world-class and high-growth consumer brands will help Oatly as we expand into new markets, pursue profitable growth, and help convert more people to plant-based consumption.”
Ms. David brings more than two decades of global finance and leadership experience to Oatly, including significant operational experience with consumer brands. She most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Mars Veterinary Health International, a division of Mars Petcare. Prior to Mars she was CFO Americas for Pandora, the world’s largest jewelry brand and Vice President, Finance for a professional product division unit at L’Oreal USA.
"I am excited to join the impressive, mission-led team at Oatly," said Ms. David. "Oatly is a values-driven, iconic brand redefining the global food system for the sake of our planet. I look forward to working with Jean-Christophe and the entire team to leverage Oatly’s innovative and great-tasting plant-based product portfolio to drive long-term growth and shareholder value."
"I would like to thank Christian for his service to Oatly, including his leadership and contributions on public company readiness, our IPO process and most recent fundraising effort," added Mr. Flatin. "His commitment and financial stewardship have been instrumental to the growth and global expansion we’ve achieved over the last several years, and he leaves the company in a position to continue its mission to convert more consumers to plant-based. We look forward to continuing to work with Christian through the transition process.”
We are the world’s original and largest oat drink company. For over 25 years, we have exclusively focused on developing expertise around oats: a global power crop with inherent properties suited for sustainability and human health. Our commitment to oats has resulted in core technical advancements that enabled us to unlock the breadth of the dairy portfolio, including alternatives to milks, ice cream, yogurt, cooking creams, spreads and on-the-go drinks. Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, the Oatly brand is available in more than 20 countries globally.
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