Mr Thomas Hübner and Mr Jan Zijderveld to co-chair ECR Europe
This week the Executive Board of ECR Europe announced that Mr Thomas Hübner, Executive Director for Europe for the Carrefour Group, and Mr Jan Zijderveld, President Europe of Unilever, have agreed to serve as the next co-chairs of the "Efficient Consumer Response" movement in Europe. They will take the helm on-stage on the opening day of the 2012 ECR Europe Conference and Marketplace in Brussels, May 9 and 10.
To kick-off their new role, Thomas and Jan will open the 2012 ECR Europe Conference by setting out the new strategic vision for ECR – ‘The Next Generation’. They will also share their personal insights on the power of collaboration and review the results of a new survey conducted throughout Europe on the adoption, use and benefits of ECR practices.
“ECR Europe has been a driving force for change in our industry for 15 years” said Thomas, “and both Jan and I are very excited to have this opportunity to take the helm and continue the good work of our predecessors.” Jan added; “We are going through a time of great change in Europe and in ECR we will reflect those changes as we continue to work together to meet the needs of our shoppers and our consumers”.
The ECR Europe conference is an annual event that brings together up to a thousand industry leaders from across the consumer goods industry. Under the new co-chairs, the 2012 conference will highlight three key industry topics:
• The value of collaboration in a time of crisis
• Digital: reaching the consumer
• How to grow… Sustainably!
In addition to Unilever and Carrefour, senior executives from a wide range of companies including Ahold, Casino, Google, Henkel, Nestlé, L’Oreal, Sainsbury, Tesco and TNT will be speaking at the conference.
Jan Zijderveld started in the FMCG-industry as brand manager at Unilever New Zealand in 1987. After that he held various senior management positions from Sydney to Dubai and Rotterdam. In 2008, Jan moved to Singapore, as Executive Vice President of Unilever South East Asia and Australasia. In 2011, he was appointed to his current role: President, Unilever Europe.
Thomas Hübner has extensive experience in the food and retail industry, holding senior executive positions with McDonald’s and Metro Cash & Carry. He joined Carrefour on July 2011 as the Executive Director for Europe (excluding France) and he is member of the Executive Board of Carrefour.
About ECR Europe:
ECR Europe is the retailer-manufacturer platform for collaboration with a mission of “working together to create sustainable value for consumers - better, faster and at less cost”. It is a non-profit organisation which aims to help retailers and manufacturers in the FMCG sector to drive supply chain efficiencies and deliver business growth and consumer value. Since November 2010, ECR Europe is the strategic partner for collaboration in Europe of the Global Consumer Goods Forum.
To register for the ECR 2012 annual event, www.conference.ecrnet.org