Feb 13, 2023

Barentz announces North American leadership transition.

Barentz announces a planned leadership transition in its North America business. Mike McKenna who previously served as President & COO North America, will become CEO North America. Terry Hill, former CEO, will join the company’s Supervisory Board. These appointments are effective March 1, 2023. 

McKenna joined Barentz via a predecessor company, Maroon Group, in 2004.  During his tenure, he held various leadership roles, led multiple facets of the business, and served as a member of Barentz’ global management board. He has an outstanding track record of achieving growth and differentiating our value proposition to customers. Having transacted and integrated more than 20 acquisitions since 2014, the North American business has created an immense amount of value for our customers, principals, and stakeholders. 

Hill joined Barentz via Maroon Group in 2019 as CEO North America and global management board member. During his tenure, the North American business significantly expanded in key markets and geographies and established a foundation for sustained long-term growth. He has more than 35 years of international leadership experience in roles with Univar and has also served on multiple industry boards. 

“Mike’s appointment and this transition are part of a thoughtful plan that Terry and the board have been engaged in for the last couple of years.” commented Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz. “We are confident Mike is the right person to fulfill this role. He is an inspiring and energetic leader who has shown an ability to build and motivate teams to deliver consistent growth.”

Juergen Steinemann, Chairman of Barentz’ Supervisory Board added, “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Terry for his leadership and vision during the last several years. We look forward to his continued contribution on the supervisory board as we support the organization in becoming the market leading global life science and ingredient distributor. Terry has a real passion for leadership development, strategy, and culture, which will be a great asset for our global team.”

About Barentz
Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients distributor. The company sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredient experts provide value-added technical support which includes pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation and ingredient testing from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in almost 70 countries with a strong presence in Europe and North America, and a rapidly growing network in Latin America and Asia-Pacific. With a turnover of circa €2.5 billion, the company employs around 2.500 people worldwide and serves over 22,000 customers. For more information, visit: www.barentz.com.

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