After serving Barry Callebaut for 35 years, of which ten years as Chief Operations Officer and member of the Executive Committee, Dirk Poelman (born 1961) has decided to retire as per the end of the company’s fiscal year, August 31, 2019. The Board of Directors has appointed Olivier Delaunay (born 1963, French national), currently Vice President OSCO EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), as Poelman’s successor and member of the Executive Committee effective September 1, 2019. Poelman will ensure a smooth handover to Delaunay and stay on board until the end of 2019.
Poelman can look on an impressive career with Barry Callebaut. After completing his studies as Industrial Engineer in 1984, he began as Engineering Manager with Callebaut, which later merged with Cacao Barry. Over the course of his career, Poelman worked in various managerial positions and countries before he was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2009, responsible for the Group’s global Operations & Supply Chain Organization (OSCO).