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Planned leadership change at Tican to be implemented

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Planned leadership change at Tican to be implemented

Tican Fresh Meat A/S is making a change at the top of the company that has been planned for some time. On April 1, 2022, Sebastian Laursen will become the new CEO of the group of companies, which has been part of the German Tönnies Holding since 2016. He succeeds Niels Jørgen Villesen, who spent 24 years in top management at the company, most recently as CEO.

For a transition period until the end of June at the latest, Laursen and Villesen will still manage the business together to ensure a smooth transition at the top of the company. During this time, Niels Jørgen Villesen will remain in charge as CEO.

Frank Duffe, Chairman of Tican Fresh Meat A/S, on the change at the top of the company: “Sebastian Laursen has held leading positions at Tönnies and Tican since 2016. He has already worked with Niels Jørgen Villesen for a number of years, giving him insight into the company and its operations. We are convinced that Sebastian, with his industry knowledge and international sales experience, will continue the company’s path to a bright future. Niels Jørgen Villesen has been instrumental in shaping Tican’s history and making it successful for almost 25 years in key positions. We are especially grateful to Niels Jørgen for still being available as CEO for the coming months, ensuring a smooth transition at the top of the company.”

Sebastian Laursen (30) began his career in 2010 as a Sales and Logistic Trainee at BPI A/S, where he was subsequently Sales Manager responsible for Hong Kong and China from 2012 to 2016.

In 2016, he joined Tönnies Nordic as Export Manager and was responsible for sales in the regions of Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Singapore.

In his position as Export Manager at Tönnies Nordic, he was involved in the development and expansion of sales in Australia, the USA and New Zealand from both the Danish and German plants of the Tönnies Group. He also assisted in the development of Tönnies’ subsidiary in the USA.

Niels Jørgen Villesen (55) has been with Tican for 24 years, first as CFO and since 2019 as CEO. During his time as part of Tican’s top management, the company developed from a medium-sized cooperative slaughterhouse into an international group with operations in numerous countries. He oversaw the expansion of slaughtering and the acquisition of distribution and processing companies to develop markets and ensure Tican’s competitiveness.