Ilona Haaijer, president and CEO, DSM Food Specialties

DSM, the life sciences and material sciences company, has appointed Ilona Haaijer president and CEO of DSM Food Specialties, Delft, Netherlands, one of the five global divisions of Royal DSM NV. She will succeed Hans Christian Ambjerg, who is moving to the Nutritional Products division on Jan. 1 to lead innovation.

Haaijer joined DSM in 2010, leading and successfully transforming the DSM Personal Care business unit. She is experienced in leading complex, global businesses in the business-to-consumer and business-to-business sectors.

“I’m very much looking forward to starting at DSM Food Specialties,” says Haaijer. “There are great opportunities for our business globally, adding distinctive value to our customers and helping the food and beverage industry deliver on sustainable, healthy, affordable and great tasting products. I am pleased to be contributing to DSM Food Specialties as an increasingly powerful force in the industry moving forward.”