France: CCO Departs Malteurop in Surprising Move

Alain Caekaert, who served as the Group Chief Commercial, Procurement & Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Board at Malteurop, the world's third-largest malting group, has reportedly departed from the company after six years in the role, according to reliable sources.

The decision is unexpected, considering Caekaert's recent re-election as the Vice-President of Euromalt, the leading trade association for the malting industry in Europe. (, 23.11.2023)

Caekaert joined Malteurop 15 years ago and has since held various leadership roles within the company and its parent organization, Vivescia. Additionally, since October 2022, he served as Malteurop’s Managing Director for France and Germany.

Details regarding Caekaert's departure and a potential successor have not been disclosed so far.

In March 2021, MalteuropCEO Olivier Parent had also been dismissed after being 4 years on the job. His successor was Patrick Bordessoule, an interim and restructuring manager, partner and associate of French consulting firm Dirigeants & Investisseurs. (, 1.3.2021)

About one year later in April 2022, Olivier Hautin, a manager from outside the industry, was named the new CEO of Malteurop. He worked in various leadership roles for more than 24 years at Imerys SA, a French multinational company specializing in the production and processing of industrial minerals, including synthetic graphite powder used in lithium-ion batteries and fuel cell applications on an industrial scale.

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