Sara Lee makes changes to management structure

by Eric Schroeder
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DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. — Sara Lee Corp. said it intends to simplify the management structure of its international business in an effort to better align with the company’s multi-year transformation from a diversified holding company to an integrated operating company.

In the new structure, Vincent Janssen, chief executive officer, Household & Body Care, and Frank van Oers, c.e.o., Coffee & Tea, will report directly to Brenda C. Barnes, chairman and c.e.o. of Sara Lee Corp. Sara Lee’s International Bakery segment, led by Miguel Llado, group president bakery Europe, will report to Mr. van Oers.

The company said it will eliminate a layer of management in Sara Lee International, including the role of c.e.o. of that business, which currently is held by longtime Sara Lee executive Adriaan Nuhn, as well as approximately 10 other positions. Implementation of the organizational design is expected to be completed no later than December.

"Simplifying our international management structure will keep the focus of our businesses as close to the customer as possible and, as a result, will strengthen our competitiveness and performance in an evolving global marketplace," Ms. Barnes said. "Adriaan Nuhn has been an exceptional leader during his 17 years with Sara Lee. Most recently, he assembled a powerful team that has greatly improved the performance of our Household & Body Care and Coffee & Tea businesses in the last two years, and we look forward to that same team’s leadership in implementing these critical changes."

Sara Lee's International business includes the global Household & Body Care, International Beverage (Coffee & Tea) and International Bakery reporting segments. The headquarters for the reporting segments will continue to be based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and the local management structures in each country/region in which the company operates will remain unchanged.

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