Marianne Kirkegaard

President and CEO

Marianne Kirkegaard leads CSM's overall business performance and operations while also guiding the company's long-term strategic direction.  

Marianne was named President and CEO in 2016. Since joining CSM in 2011, she has served in senior marketing, sales and commercial roles, including senior vice president, products and marketing, and senior vice president, markets and chief commercial officer. 

In these senior leadership positions, she spearheaded the globalization and digitization of the company's sales and marketing capabilities and led the development of new category and channel strategies as well as the optimization of the company's product portfolio. She was instrumental in building CSM’s key relationships with customers and suppliers across all regions.

Prior to joining CSM, Marianne spent 20 years at Unilever, she held various sales, product and general management roles of increasing seniority, including general manager of Unilever Ice Cream in Central and Eastern Europe, and commercial director of Central and Eastern Europe.

Kirkegaard is a member of the board of directors of AAK, a Swedish-Danish company producing high value-added vegetable oils and fats, and of Dansk Supermarked Group, the market leader in retail in Denmark.

She holds an Executive M.B.A. from the Scandinavian International Management Institute and a Master's degree from the Aarhus School of Business.