Hein Schumacher


How do we strike the right balance between the need for nutrition in the world and a healthy development of food & dairy production in The Netherlands? How do we reconcile seemingly contrasting interests of environmental protection with the need for farmers to operate efficient and flourishing businesses? What is the role of companies, governments and NGO’s in achieving a healthy agricultural sector and simultaneously the objectives of the Paris Agreement? Royal FrieslandCampina, one of the five largest dairy companies in the world with annual revenues of 12 billion euros is actively participating in this debate. The company has been a frontrunner through initiated reforms to the dairy sector in 2018.

FrieslandCampina is a purpose-driven company focused on winning in the global market for dairy-based products.  FrieslandCampina produces and sells consumer products such as dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese and desserts in countries around the world. In addition, products are supplied to professional customers. FrieslandCampina also sells ingredients and semi-finished products to manufacturers of nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector globally. The company sells its products in 100+ countries and owns plants and offices in 34 countries. FrieslandCampina is fully owned by one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the world Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A. with 12,707 member dairy farms in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

Hein Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer, Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. will share his insights in how a dairy company keeps the course in these challenging times and how it works jointly with its member farmers and other stakeholders towards a new equilibrium to remain successful, for now, and generations to come.

Hein Schumacher was appointed CEO on January 1, 2018. Before, Hein held the position of Chief Financial Officer. He has been a member of the FrieslandCampina Executive Board since 2015. Prior to joining FrieslandCampina, Hein Schumacher has held several international positions at companies in the CPG industry, like Unilever N.V., Royal Ahold N.V., and Heinz, now KraftHeinz. During his time at Heinz (2003-2014), he was based in the USA as Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, in London as Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Europe and in Shanghai as President Greater China and later Executive Vice President for the Asia Pacific region and member of the Global Executive Leadership Team. Hein Schumacher holds degrees in Political Science & International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and in Banking and Finance from the Amsterdam Academy / Free University. Hein is a member of the Supervisory Board at TIAS School for Business & Society, Utrecht / Tilburg the Netherlands.