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Chief Executive Officer

Stefan Leitz

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Stefan Leitz has been responsible for Carl Kühne KG (GmbH & Co.), one of the largest European companies in gourmet foods and vinegar since 2013. After working at Procter & Gamble, Wella – Gillette/Braun Stefan Leitz came to Unilever where he had a successful track record as Vice President and Manager Director of Customer Development Germany thanks to his many years of experience at the national and international level.

What you always find in his fridge? Kühne Schlemmertöpchen with Balsamico Bianco. For the barbecue he likes Made for Meat Cranberry Barbecue best.

Alexander Kühnen - CHIEF SALES OFFICER

Alexander Kühnen


Alexander Kühnen is a business administration graduate and looks back on a successful national and international career in sales and marketing with Unilever. He acquired ex-tensive sales expertise in his time as Customer Director and achieved great success in marketing as Category Director for the region Germany, Austria and Switzerland and subsequently as Managing Director of Switzerland. Since April 2019 he assumed respon-sibility for the Sales and Marketing at Kühne.

For Kühne’s "Sliced Beetroot" he sometimes even stands up at night ...

Heiner Opdenfeld

Heiner Opdenfeld

Chief Operating Officer

Following technical training and a degree in electrical engineering, Heiner Opdenfeld worked in multidisciplinary organizations, in which his tasks included the strategic optimization of their global sites. He has experience and expertise in the areas of production and plant management, planning, distribution, logistics, customer service, product development, contract farming, and purchasing. After beeing Director of D/A/CH Operations at Bonduelle GmbH and global end-to-end responsibility for the regional Freshness Division, he joined Kühne in April 2019.

He is a big salad fan and prefers it with our Enjoy raspberry vinaigrette.

Christian Strey

Chief Financial Officer

Christian Strey was appointed Head of Finance and IT on November 1, 2018. After studying business administration and completing training as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), he gained professional experience in various listed companies and medium-sized enterprises. As CFO with comprehensive know-how in finance, M&A and IT, he moved from the Stern-Wywiol-Gruppe to the Hamburg Kühnehöfe.

He is currently still trying his hand through the Kühne range to find his favourite product. However, ENJOY crunchy peas are currently far in the lead.