Brussels, 6 June 2007. CIAA – the voice of the European food and drink industry – today announced the appointment of Mrs. Mella Fewen as its next Director General. She will
take over from Daniela Israelachwili on 2 July 2007.
“I welcome the appointment of Mella Frewen, confident that her knowledge and understanding of the agri-food sector as well as her experience of European affairs will keep CIAA on a
continued strong course and further strengthen the European food and drink industry representation in Brussels,” stated Jean Martin, CIAA President.
An Irish national, Mella Frewen has a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the National University of Ireland, and also completed a post-graduate course in marine biology at the Free
University of Brussels. She also holds an INSEAD diploma on International Operations Management.
Mrs. Frewen has worked in the agri-food sector in Europe for 20 years. Most recently she was Director, Government Affairs – Europe & Africa for Monsanto, a position which she took up
in 2002 and where she worked with a team spread throughout this region on issues related principally to agricultural biotechnology but also conventional agriculture and agri-chemistry. Prior to
her engagement with Monsanto, she was International Relations Director for Cerestar, Europe’s biggest starch producer. From this role and her earlier ones in the Ferruzzi and Eridania
Béghin-Say Groups, stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with the different Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain.