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Blue Horizon Corporation appoints five new Members to Board of Directors

By Blue Horizon

Five new members strengthen Blue Horizon’s Board of Directors. The top-class board has many years of experience in the global food industry.

Zurich, 26 April 2021 – Blue Horizon Corporation today announced the appointment of five new board members: Caroline Clemetson, Walter Huber, Sonja Stirnimann, Aldo Uva and Jo Van Biesbroeck. These new members to Blue Horizon’s Board of Directors will provide strategic direction for continued growth related to Blue Horizon’s mission to replace animal-based proteins with sustainable alternatives.

Blue Horizon is shaping the growth of the alternative proteins market as a pure-play global pioneer with privileged access in the Food 4.0 ecosystem since its foundation in 2016. The Company has steadily been expanding in size and is now bringing in profound experience with new board members to exploit the fast-growing market.

Caroline Clemetson is a Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, one of the leading business law firms with offices in Switzerland and Singapore, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She is a top expert in investment management, financial regulation, as well as in private equity and capital markets. From 2006 to 2014, she was Head of the Investments Products Department at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.

Walter Huber is a seasoned Food industry and retail expert. He is a member of the Board of G.&A. Duttweiler Stiftung (Migros) and Läderach AG, among others. Walter was member of the General Management of Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund and, prior to that, was CEO of Emmi Group and led the IPO of the group in 2004. He is experienced in driving innovations and building brands and is also active as a start-up investor.

Sonja Stirnimann is founder and Managing Partner of Structuul Ltd. and has three decades of professional experience in Corporate Governance, Audit and Finance. She is serving several boards of listed and non-listed companies as a member or chair in audit and risk committees. Prior in her career, she held several management positions in global companies like UBS, EY, Holcim and Deloitte.

Aldo Uva is CEO of CSM Ingredients, a global food ingredients company. Previously, he was COO, Chief R&D Officer and President Americas at LIVEKINDLY Co. He brings a broad experience in leading positions in the food industry to the Board, as he has held leading positions at Ferrero, Firmenich, Nestle and Parmalat, among others.

Jo Van Biesbroeck is President of the Board of Matexi Group and a Board member in several other companies. He served as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief International Business Development of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV until 2015. Anheuser-Busch InBev is amongst the world’s top five companies operating consumer goods.

Roger Lienhard, Chairman and Founder of Blue Horizon Corporation, said: “I am excited to bring this Board alive with such experienced colleagues and proud to be presiding such an excellent group of people on the path to further growth for Blue Horizon. What unites us, is our common mission to transform the global food industry across the lifecycles of companies that replace animal proteins with sustainable and healthy alternatives.”

Björn Witte, CEO and Managing Partner of Blue Horizon Corporation, said: “Aldo, Jo and Walter bring along several decades of experience in leading positions in the food industry, many of which in listed food multinationals. Combined with the top-tier international legal and financial regulation experience by Caroline and Sonja’s outstanding expertise in the fields of Corporate Governance, Audit and Finance, this group of excellent leaders will have a significant impact in transforming the global food industry with Blue Horizon. The management team is very much looking forward to working with the extended Board.”

Furthermore, Blue Horizon proposes Jeremy Paul Abson as a new Member to the Board of Directors for election at the Annual Meeting in June 2021. He is currently the President and CFO of TBG AG, an investment company located in Zurich, Switzerland, and Independent Director of Churchill Capital II, a special purpose acquisition company, located in New York. Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience in financial and general management. Prior to joining TGB AG, Jeremy Paul Abson was COO of Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd and Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About Blue Horizon Corporation
As a pure play global pioneer with privileged access in the Food 4.0 ecosystem, Blue Horizon has shaped the growth of the alternative proteins market. The company aims to transform the global food industry through impact capital and value creation and invests across the lifecycles of companies that are mission aligned to replace animal proteins with healthy and sustainable alternative sources of protein. Blue Horizon was founded by Roger Lienhard in 2016 and is based in Zurich. To date, the company has raised over USD 650 million and invested in more than 50 companies in the alternative protein sector. Its business model offers an attractive opportunity to invest in the evolution of the global food ecosystem while contributing to a healthy and sustainable world.

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