HOERSHOLM, DENMARK — Martin Sonntag will lead Oterra as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

“Martin is an experienced international leader with a strong track record in the global food and beverage ingredients industry,” said Cees de Jong, chairman of the board of directors at Oterra. “His plug-and-play knowledge will surely solidify and accelerate Oterra’s further development and growth in the coming years.”

Before joining Oterra, Sonntag was with the Doehler executive leadership team as its head of global plant-based nutrition. Before Doehler, Sonntag was senior vice president of global strategy and business development at Ingredion Inc. He has also previously served as executive investment partner at Adcuram Group AG and general manager Dow Wolff Cellulosics at Dow Chemical.

Sonntag received a chemical engineering degree from Hamburg University.

“I am truly looking forward to joining Oterra — a company with an impressive and relevant product portfolio in natural colors and unique application capabilities,” Sonntag said. “The global consumer demand for planet-friendly products provides a significant opportunity for more products with natural ingredients, and Oterra, with its focused innovation gives customers around the world a strong base to drive conversion from artificial to natural ingredients. I am excited to begin to work with Oterra’s leadership team and its many committed employees to build the business with our customers.”

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