WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Bunge Ltd. has undertaken a transition of leadership at Bunge Europe, Middle East and Africa. Tommy Jensen, currently chief operating officer of Bunge EMEA, has been named chief executive officer of Bunge EMEA, effective May 1. He will succeed Jean-Louis Gourbin, who will retire May 1.
Mr. Jensen joined Bunge in 2003 as managing director of Poland, and he became vice-president of Northern and Central Europe in 2005. In 2011, he was named chief operating officer. Prior to joining Bunge he held leadership positions at Animex S.A. in Poland, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Continental Grain in Poland and Germany, and Jyske Bank A/S in Denmark.
He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Aarhus School of Business at Aarhus University, Denmark, and he has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
“Tommy is a skilled leader with a track record of delivering strong results and business growth,” said Alberto Weisser, chairman and c.e.o., Bunge Ltd. “During his nine-year career at Bunge, he has managed a highly successful business in Northern and Central Europe and led our expansion in the region through the acquisitions of Walter Rau and Raisio and the consolidation of our operations in Poland. His deep industry experience and proven leadership will serve Bunge well in his new role.”
Mr. Gourbin joined Bunge in 2004 as c.e.o. of Bunge Europe. He earlier was president of the Danone Group’s biscuits and cereal products division. Previously, he worked for more than 15 years with the Kellogg Co., eventually becoming president of Kellogg Europe. He also held positions at Ralston Purina and CPC.