ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. (LDC) is enlarging its senior leadership team, which will now comprise 13 people. LDC is working to strengthen strategic thinking and positioning the company to explore new growth opportunities with the team expansion.

The additional appointees include several members of LDC’s existing executive group, among them Miguel Catella, Federico Cerisoli, Joe Nicosia, Murilo Parada, Markus Reis, Patrick Treuer and James Zhou, as well as Ian McIntosh, who rejoins LDC as chief strategy officer.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ian back to LDC, where he will coordinate matters relating to company strategy and oversee the management of four business platforms,” said Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena, chief executive officer of LDC. “Working within the Louis Dreyfus Group since 1986, Ian has gained crucial experience, expertise, and knowledge of our business that will enable him to contribute significantly to both strategy and commercial management.”

Ian McIntosh LDC chief strategy officer
Ian McIntosh rejoins LDC as chief strategy officer.
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A British national, McIntosh joined the Group in 1986 in London, England. Having led the U.K. Grains desk from 1989 to 1991, he moved to Paris to trade global feed grains, and then to Melbourne to lead LDC’s Australasian Grain activities. He returned to London in 1993 as a sugar trader, and was appointed global head of Sugar in 1996 to lead the platform’s global integration and expansion. Between 1999 and 2006, McIntosh also managed LDC’s global Coffee, Cocoa, Rice, Ethanol and Grains activities, supervised the group’s integration of its Metals business, and contributed to the creation of LDC’s current structure.

He was appointed head of Europe and the Black Sea in 2007, and in 2008 left LDC to set up Edesia Asset Management as part of the Louis Dreyfus Group, serving as CEO and chief investment officer until its closure in 2018. McIntosh has a degree in biological sciences from Leeds University, U.K.

“Having adjusted our business portfolio and operating model for greater efficiency, we are now well positioned to explore new avenues for growth through the creation of fair and sustainable value,” Martiarena said. “The newly appointed members of our senior leadership team bring a range of seniority, experience, business acumen and specific market knowledge that will strengthen our decision-making process and facilitate the pursuit of our strategic goals and ambitions. Our collegial approach is aligned with our core values, and is central to achieving our company purpose.”

Andrea Maserati chief operating officer of LDC
Andrea Maserati as chief operating officer for LDC.
LDC also announced the appointment of Andrea Maserati as chief operating officer for the Group.

“Andrea’s appointment represents a confirmation and consolidation of his existing responsibilities as senior head of regions and senior head of functions, which he has successfully held over the last three years,” Martiarena said. “As Group COO, he will continue to strengthen LDC’s business activities and operations across our geographies.”

The changes are effective immediately.