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Stéfan Descheemaeker Chief Executive Officer

Joined: 2015

Stéfan Descheemaeker was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company on June 1, 2015. He was previously at Delhaize Group SA, the international food retailer, where he was Chief Financial Officer between 2008 and 2011 before becoming Chief Executive Officer of its European division until October 2013. Since leaving Delhaize Group SA, Mr. Descheemaeker held board positions with Telenet Group Holdings N.V. and Group Psychologies, served as an industry advisor to Bain Capital and is currently a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Between 1996 and 2008, Mr. Descheemaeker was at Interbrew (now Anheuser-Busch InBev "ABInBev") where he was Head of Strategy & External Growth responsible for managing M&A and strategy, during the time of the merger of Interbrew and AmBev in 2004, and prior to that he held operational management roles as Zone President in the U.S., Central and Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. Mr. Descheemaeker started his career with Cobepa, at that time the Benelux investment company of BNP-Paribas. Mr. Descheemaeker served as a Director on the Board of ABInBev, a position he has held from 2008 to 2019. Since June 2019, SDS Invest S.A represented by. Mr. Descheemaeker has served as Chairman of the Board of Verlinvest.

Samy Zekhout Chief Financial Officer

Joined: 2018

Samy Zekhout has served as Chief Financial Officer of Nomad since April 1, 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zekhout most recently served as CFO and Vice President of Global Grooming at Procter & Gamble since 2007. Mr. Zekhout has held various finance roles at Procter & Gamble throughout the course of his more than 30-year career at that company. From February 2021, Mr. Zekhout is now also a board member of Algama, a French food-tech start-up.

Wayne Hudson Managing Director UK, Ireland, Nordics and International

Joined: 2016

Wayne joined Nomad Foods in January 2016 as Managing Director of Birds Eye UK & Ireland. Prior to this he was Managing Director of the Frozen Division at Young’s Seafood Limited.  Since joining, Wayne has led the turnaround of the Birds Eye business and the subsequent acquisitions and integration of both Goodfella’s and Aunt Bessie’s. In January 2020 Wayne added the Nordics region to his role and in February 2021 became responsible for Nomad Foods growing International business. Before joining Nomad Foods, Wayne has had a long and illustrious career in the FMCG world. He has over 30 years of experience including 14 years at Kerry Foods, as well as senior leadership roles at Spiller’s Petfood and United Biscuits.

Antje Schubert Managing Director, Western Europe and Adriatics

Joined: 2014

Antje was appointed Managing Director of our Western Europe business in July 2018 (Austria, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) and additionally our Adriatics business in October 2021 (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Slovenia). She joined the company as General Manager, iglo Netherlands in 2014 and was then promoted to become General Manager, iglo Germany in 2015. Throughout her extensive international career in FMCG, Antje has held a broad variety of marketing, sales and general management positions at companies including Danone Baby Nutrition, Reckitt Benckiser and Kraft Foods and lived in several countries including Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and UK. She is a strong believer in ‘people making a difference’ and is a certified and practising coach (CPCC).

Steven Libermann Managing Director, Southern Europe & Global Sales

Joined: 2015

Steven was appointed Managing Director of our Southern Europe region in July 2018 (Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal) after managing Western Europe since September 2016 and added Global Sales to his portfolio in 2021. Prior to that, he was CEO of Findus Southern Europe, managing our businesses in France and Spain since May 2015. Since joining the Findus Group in 2000, his roles included Marketing Director and Sales Director Findus France and Managing Director Findus Spain. Outside of the Findus Group, Steven enjoyed stints as Managing Director at Senoble and Senior Equity Fund Advisor. His early management career included international marketing positions at Nestlé and BIC.

Neil Fletcher Head of Legal

Joined: 2018

Neil joined Nomad Foods as a Senior European Counsel in April 2018 and became Head of Legal and appointed to the Executive Committee in January 2020. He has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer. Prior to Nomad Foods, Neil worked at Unilever for 11 years in roles such as UK & Ireland General Counsel, Global General Counsel for Food and Refreshment and General Counsel for the Spreads division during its sale to American global investment firm KKR. Before Unilever, Neil spent six years in the Commercial and Intellectual Property team at international law firm SJ Berwin, where he provided counsel to a number of FTSE 100 and FMCG clients.

Harriet Hounsell Chief People Officer

Joined: 2020

Harriet joined Nomad Foods as Chief People Officer in October 2020 following a number of years in the Retail and Hospitality sectors working with a variety of brands and business models. She has held various HR and Communication roles in John Lewis, Fenwick, McDonald’s and Marks and Spencer where she supported the leadership teams in achieving their growth and transformation plans. She also has extensive business experience, having held roles in General Management and Buying before focusing her career in HR and Organisation Development. She currently chairs the Employment and Skills board for the Confederation of British Industry.

Dr Stella Peace Chief R&D and Quality Officer

Joined: 2018

Stella joined Nomad Foods in September 2018 as Group R & D Director and became Chief R & D and Quality Officer and was appointed to the Executive Committee in February 2021.  She has extensive experience working internationally on some of the world’s largest brands and is responsible for driving innovations from “idea to freezer”, spanning new technologies, product and packaging development and leading a technical team of over 150 scientists, nutritionists, chefs and quality experts. Prior to Nomad Foods she spent 20 years at Unilever working in a number of global and European leadership roles across R&D, science and innovation, before becoming Vice President Science and Technology for Unilever’s €20bn Foods & Refreshment division in 2017.

Stella is a member of the Foods Bioscience Knowledge Transfer Network, a panel member for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and a member of the Nottingham University Food and Drink Advisory Board.

Steve Axe Chief Marketing Officer

Joined: 2017

Steve joined Nomad Foods as Chief Marketing Officer in 2017 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in February 2021. He is responsible for Marketing, Sustainability, Plant Protein and Insights and has nearly 30 years experience working in blue-chip consumer goods companies across a range of global, regional and local senior leadership roles and on multiple categories. During his 17 year career at Mars he led petcare, confectionery & food Marketing teams in countries including Europe, Russia/CIS and South Africa before being appointed Vice President Petcare Marketing & Innovation for Europe in 2007 and then Managing Director for Mars Belgium in 2012. Prior to Mars he spent eight years at Procter & Gamble working on a number of international beauty and personal care brands.

Maria Pia De Caro Chief Supply Officer

Joined: 2021

Maria Pia joined Nomad Foods as Chief Supply Officer in June 2021 and is responsible for the entire supply chain organisation including strategy, manufacturing operations, planning & logistics, procurement and safety management. Prior to Nomad Foods she was Supply Chain Vice President, Home Care Europe at Unilever and during her more than 25-year career in Supply Chain, she has led engineering, manufacturing, M & A and supply chain transformation teams for a number of international FMCG companies, including Procter & Gamble and Mondelez.  She also has a strong track record in managing major multi-site investments and Manufacturing Excellence programmes to support business growth and in successfully partnering with marketing and R&D teams to deliver winning products. Born in Italy, she has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and has worked and lived in a number of countries including the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and China. She is a passionate Diversity & Inclusion champion.

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