Geza Somogyi appointed COO of the HOCHDORF Group

HOCHDORF Group Press Release: Change in Senior Management

Hochdorf, 25 June 2020 – The Board of Directors of the HOCHDORF Group has appointed Geza Somogyi as its new COO and member of senior management team. Somogyi assumes the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO), managing all the HOCHDORF Group's production plants. He will take over his new role on 1 July 2020. He replaces the previous COO Christoph Peternell who has left the company at his own request with immediate effect.

Geza Somogyi (1978) holds a BSc in Food Industrial Engineering and is Hungarian citizen. He has worked in different operations positions over the last 18 years and has extensive experience in dairy and powdered infant nutrition production. He was employed by Danone/Milupa GmbH, Fulda (Germany) from 2015 to 2020 as Operations Manager, which included direct responsibility for China (factory registration, recipe registration and general business improvement activities). Prior to this, he led the Danone dairy factory as Plant Manager in Budapest (Hungary). From 2002 to 2013 he worked for Mars Inc., Bokros (Hungary) in various positions starting as Process/Product Development Engineer before becoming Shift Manager, Site Industrial Engineer and finally Operations Manager.

The Board of Directors and senior management team look forward to a mutually successful collaboration with Geza Somogyi and wish him all the best in his new role for many years to come.

The previous COO Christoph Peternell, who has worked for the HOCHDORF Group since 2015, has left the company at his own request with immediate effect. The Board of Directors and the senior management team would like to take the opportunity to thank Christoph Peternell for all his hard work and for his commitment over the past five years.


Contact: Dr Christoph Hug, Head of Corporate Communications HOCHDORF Group, Tel:+41 (0)41 914 65 62 / +41 (0)79 859 19 23,


About the HOCHDORF Group:
The HOCHDORF Group, based in Hochdorf, achieved a consolidated gross sales revenue of CHF 456.8 million in 2019. It is one of the leading foodstuff companies in Switzerland, employing over 618 staff as of 31.12.2019. Made from natural ingredients such as milk, whey and oil seeds, HOCHDORF products have been contributing to our health and well-being since 1895 – from babies to senior citizens. Its customers include the food industry and the wholesale and retail sectors and its products are sold in over 70 countries. The shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ISIN CH0024666528).

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