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DKSH appoints new global Head F & B ingredients business and opens Mumbai food innovation center

05.06.2012 | DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services Group with a focus on Asia, has strengthened its food and beverage business with the appointment of Zeljko Pockaj effective June 1 as new global Head Business Line Food & Beverage Industry, as well as with the opening of a food innovation center in Mumbai to support further business growth in the confectionery and bakery industry.

Zurich, Switzerland, June 5, 2012 – DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients, has appointed Zeljko Pockaj (44) as global Head Business Line Food & Beverage Industry. He brings over 20 years of experience in the food and pharmaceutical industries and has an excellent track record in growing and developing business.

Pockaj is a German citizen and holds a Master of Science degree from the Mannheim University of Applied Science, Germany and an Executive MBA from the University of Dallas, USA. Before joining DKSH, he worked for DSM Nutritional Products where he held various management positions.

In addition, DKSH has invested in a new confectionery and bakery innovation center in Mumbai to deepen its application expertise and develop cutting-edge concepts that create opportunities for clients and customers alike. The state-of-the-art facility allows DKSH to predict market trends in the confectionery and bakery industry and to offer concrete solutions needed by the industry. The food innovation center is the second lab facility the Swiss-headquartered company has opened in Mumbai.

“DKSH’s chemical distribution business in India has progressed steadily over the past years and this investment will strengthen our local presence. We are also pleased to add Zeljko Pockaj to our team of specialists, who will contribute to maintaining DKSH as the preferred partner for Market Expansion Services for food and beverage ingredients. We are looking forward to help our business partners grow further in the food and beverage industry,” says Mario Preissler, Head Business Unit Performance Materials.

About DKSH

DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services Group with a focus on Asia. As the term "Market Expansion Services" suggests, DKSH helps other companies and brands to grow their business in new or existing markets.

Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since March 2012, DKSH is a global company headquartered in Zurich. With 650 business locations in 35 countries – 630 of them in Asia – and over 24,000 specialized staff, DKSH generated Net Sales of CHF 7.3 billion in 2011.


Performance Materials Business Unit

is a leading specialty chemicals distributor and global provider of market expansion services for performance materials. The Business Unit sources, develops, markets, and distributes a wide range of specialty chemicals and food ingredients to business partners in the food and beverage, personal care and cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical industries.

With 80 business locations in 26 countries and over 1,000 specialized staff, Business Unit Performance Materials generated in 2011 Net Sales of CHF 697 million.

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