|Anders Colding Friis|
Danish jewelry company Pandora is going through another round of leadership changes as it plans to appoint a new CEO and board chairman in the coming months.
The company said Thursday that it will name tobacco company executive Anders Colding Friis as its fifth CEO since the company went public in 2010. He will succeed current CEO Allan Leighton in March 2015.
In addition, Pandora said it plans to make Peder Tuborgh chairman of its board of directors in October. He will replace Marcello Bottoli, who announced previously that he will step down due to other professional commitments.
The Denmark-based company with manufacturing facilities in Thailand is known for its popular charm jewelry and other affordable jewelry pieces. It is also known for raising approximately $2.1 billion in its IPO in October 2010, for incredible sales growth during its first three quarters as a publicly traded company followed by a sudden approximate 65 percent decline in its stock price based on a company report that dramatically reduced its outlook.
The company has experienced steady growth in sales and stock value since then but its top executive position continues to be in constant change.
In this case it appears Leighton’s turn as CEO was planned as a temporary move. He was already chairman of the jewelry company when he replaced Bjørn Gulden as CEO in July 2013. Gulden accepted a position as CEO of athletic apparel company, Puma. Bottoli also served a stint as CEO during the company’s time of turmoil.
Friis, 51, is a Danish citizen and since 2006 has been the Group CEO of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of cigars and pipe tobacco. He also is chairman of Monberg & Thorsen, deputy chairman of IC Companys, board member of Topdanmark and Confederation of Danish Industry.
Leighton will step down from his role as CEO after reporting Pandora’s full year results for 2014. At the next annual general meeting, Leighton is expected to be named the company’s co-deputy chairman of the board.
Tuborgh, 51, is a Danish citizen who holds an MBA from Odense University and has held a series of management positions in Arla Foods, an international dairy company, before becoming group CEO in 2005. He is also deputy chairman of Aarhus University and board member of Royal Greenland.
“A managed succession at the top of the company, at a time when its performance and opportunities have never been stronger, has been a key objective for the board,” Bottoli said. “I am delighted with the result and to have been an active part of this.”
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