Chr. Hansen has appointed Lise Skaarup Mortensen as its new chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 October 2020. Lise Skaarup Mortensen succeeds Søren Westh Lonning, who is expected to leave Chr. Hansen by the end of October, following a short transition period. Over the past eight years, Lise Skaarup Mortensen has held various international leadership positions at Microsoft, including most recently as CFO of its German business. Prior to joining Microsoft, Lise Skaarup Mortensen served in finance and strategy roles at IBM, AP Moller-Maersk and BG Bank. “Coming from the software and digital services industry, Lise will be well positioned to help Chr. Hansen and our teams further develop our digital, data analytics and productivity agenda,” said Chr. Hansen CEO, Mauricio Graber. “Lise is ambitious and purpose-driven, which makes her a great cultural fit to the organisation. Moreover, I feel confident that her vast international experience will enable her to bring even more diversity of thought to our corporate leadership team. I am looking forward to welcoming Lise to Chr. Hansen.” Commenting on her appointment, Lise Skaarup Mortensen said: “Becoming part of a team that enables compelling business opportunities grounded in the relevance of natural ingredients in today’s world – and with strong focus on sustainability – is a privilege. “I look forward to getting to know my new colleagues and contributing to the future growth journey of Chr. Hansen.” Lise Skaarup Mortensen will also join the company’s executive board after the transition to her new role is completed.