Michel Picandet has been appointed executive vice president and head of TOMRA Food. He joined the company Jan. 1 and will be based at the TOMRA Food headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. In his new role, he will be in charge of the company’s three brands: TOMRA Food, Compac and BBC Technologies.
“I am delighted that Michel is joining our management team," said Stefan Ranstrand, president and chief executive officer of TOMRA. "He is a highly strategic, global business executive with strong experience in the food and beverage industry, as well as capital equipment and related services. I am confident that under his leadership, the TOMRA Food team will continue to build on our three pillars of technical leadership, food trust and digital transformation, in order to achieve a more circular economy and safeguard the future of food. Michel and the global team will drive to always deliver high customer value and satisfaction, proving TOMRA Food to be a solid long-term partner focused on helping our customers increase their competitiveness and profitability.”
“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead a forward-looking company such as TOMRA Food, which is spearheading the resource revolution as a sustainability leader," said Picandet. "This is a company that continually strives to find innovative ways to reduce the world’s waste and optimise the use of its resources, and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping customers reduce food waste and improve yields in their operations, and build a reputation for their sustainability credentials.”
Picandet brings to his new role a strong track record developed in various roles of increasing scope and responsibility covering markets across the world. Prior to joining TOMRA, he held management positions within Tetra Pak as global and managing director since 2013. Previously, he headed the Life Cycle Management division of Sidel, where he also worked in America, Asia and Europe for more than 20 years after having started his career in engineering and controls at Rhone-Poulenc Animal Nutrition.