Change of CEO at meat casings firm

Helbing moves up as Page leaves Devro

Peter Page is stepping down as chief executive of Scottish meat casings company Devro after 10 years with the group.

Mr Page (far left) has agreed with the board that he will leave after the group’s 2017 full year results on 27 February.

He will be replaced by Rutger Helbing (also pictured), currently group finance director. To ensure an orderly transition, Mr Page will be available in an advisory capacity as needed.  

A search for Mr Helbing’s successor has begun. He joined Devro in April 2016. Prior to joining the company, he was group chief financial officer of Element Six, the global leader in manufacturing synthetic diamond supermaterials.  

Previously, he held senior positions in finance and general management with ICI/Akzo Nobel and Unilever. Mr Helbing is a Dutch national with a postgraduate degree in finance from the Free University, Amsterdam, and a degree in economics from Erasmus University.

The nomination committee undertook a thorough process to identify the most suitable individual to replace Mr Page, considering both external and internal candidates, before deciding Mr Helbing was the appropriate person to take up the role.

Gerard Hoetmer, chairman, commented: Peter has made a huge contribution to Devro during the last 10 years, turning the company into one of the world’s leading suppliers of collagen casings for food, with a network of world-class manufacturing facilities.

“He will leave with our best wishes and we wish him every success with the next steps of his career.  We are delighted to have someone of Rutger’s calibre to succeed Peter and we are happy that, after having worked together for almost two years, there will be a smooth transition of leadership.” 

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