Kai Hummel has been appointed global head of corporate communications for the Barry Callebaut Group, effective from 1 September 2023. He succeeds Christiaan Prins, who had led the department since January 2020. In this role, Kai Hummel (42) will be responsible for all external and internal corporate communications of Barry Callebaut worldwide and report directly to chief executive officer Peter Feld.
Kai Hummel has a strong track record and extensive experience in corporate communications for both listed as well as private companies. He has successfully represented global B2B and B2C companies.
Most recently, Hummel was responsible for communications and public affairs at GfK SE, one of the world's leading market research companies, which recently merged with NielsenIQ. Prior to that, he headed the communications and public affairs department at WMF Group, a leading global manufacturer of premium cookware and professional fully automatic coffee machines for hotel and corporate customers. Earlier in his career, he spent several years in journalism and social media. He completed his academic education with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and public relations from the Danube University Krems in Austria.
"Barry Callebaut Group is delighted to have Kai Hummel on board at Barry Callebaut. He is an experienced, courageous, and creative leader who understands how to foster and strengthen trust in leading global companies. With a fresh perspective, he will make an important contribution to Barry Callebaut’s sustainably successful future. Barry Callebaut appreciates Christiaan Prins for his time and wishes him the best for his future career," expresses Peter Feld, chief executive officer of the Barry Callebaut Group.