Peter Hill to join SARIA Executive Board
The Supervisory Board of the SARIA Group has agreed to appoint Peter Hill to the SARIA Executive Board with effect from 1 September 2020. Within the Executive Board, he will have special responsibility for the future development of the activities in feed and pet food across the entire Group. Together with the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board believes that the strategic expansion of the feed and pet food activities internationally holds enormous growth potential for the SARIA Group. Accordingly, these activities are now being given special emphasis through a new Executive Board member at Group level. "As part of a comprehensive onboarding process, Peter Hill will first get to know the various locations and teams. His mission is to develop an overall concept for the SARIA Group, building on the current basis, that will drive the future development and realignment of this important industrial sector, which has been characterised by growing professionalisation and extremely dynamic market development in recent years," said Martin Rethmann, Chairman of the SARIA Supervisory Board.
Peter Hill, who currently holds the position of Vice President R&D Europe at Mars Petcare, was born in Liverpool and grew up in Bolton, near Manchester. After graduating (PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University), he started his career in 1993 in the food industry, where he worked for 15 years. In 2008 he joined Mars, where he has since held various management positions in research & development at both national and international level. His particular focus has been on disruptive innovation, quality and food safety, as well as product and process development. Among other achievements, he set up and managed the Mars Innovation Center for Wet Pet Food and successfully led innovation across all areas of pet food.
"After having been part of the management team of Mars Petcare and the Mars Pet Nutrition Leadership Team in Europe for over a decade, Peter Hill is a proven expert in the entire pet food sector who is also very well placed to assess the demands on the SARIA Group from a customer perspective. We are delighted to have him join the Executive Board and look forward to benefiting from his extensive specialist knowledge and many years of experience as an international manager," said Martin Rethmann, underlining the significance of the expansion of the Executive Board.
Peter Hill expressed his excitement about his new role: "SARIA is a group with great potential and a unique and strongly future-oriented business model. In my view, SARIA is ideally positioned to serve the different demands and requirements of pet food manufacturers and to shape the dynamic development of the pet food market. I am very much looking forward to contributing to SARIA's continued successful development as a member of the Executive Board."
Peter Hill is 52 years old. He is married with two children. He has both British and German citizenship and lives with his family in Verden (Germany).