New supply chain head for Sara Lee’s tea and coffee business

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Sara Lee Corporation has appointed Luc Volatier senior vice president, supply chain and operations of its International Coffee and Tea.

Volatier takes over on 1st April and will be in charge of all procurement, supply chain and manufacturing operations.  He will continue to serve in the same role once the International Coffee and Tea business is spun-off from Sara Lee in the first half of 2012.

“Luc’s entrepreneurial drive and supply chain acumen will help our international coffee and tea business continue to bring exciting products to consumers with greater efficiency in an increasingly demanding global marketplace,” said Michiel Herkemij, chief executive of the International Coffee and Tea business.

“We are pleased to have him join us as we create a pure-play, publicly-traded company focused on coffee and tea.”

Volatier has joined Sara Lee from GrandVision where he was vice president, global supply chain. Earlier in his career, he served in executive roles in supply chain and procurement with Danone Group in Belgium, UK and Singapore and Royal Numico in The Netherlands.

Volatier, part of the company’s senior management team, will report directly to CEO Michiel Herkemij.

Sara Lee’s brands, include Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Pickwick Teas, Sara Lee and Senseo.

In January, 2011, it unveiled plans to divide the company into two pure -play publicly-traded companies, one focused on the international coffee and tea market and the other on North American meats.

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