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European Snacks Association Names Dr Rolf Nilges As New President

The European Snacks Association (ESA) is Europe's only trade organisation dedicated to advancing the savoury
snacks industry on behalf of member snack manufacturers and suppliers, as well as national trade organisations.

The European Snacks Association (ESA) has elected Intersnack’s Director Research & Development and External Affairs, Dr Rolf Nilges, as its new President for a two-year term.

Nilges has worked for Intersnack since 2000, and in particular has led the company’s R&D department. With more than 30 years of experience as a scientific and technical expert across multiple industries, previous roles include besides research & development, quality management, food regulatory as well as memberships in technical and scientific policy committees in other sectors, he follows Valentina Maglio, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director at Unichips, who has been president since 2017 and will continue to serve on ESA’s Board

Dr Rolf Nilges:

“I am honoured to serve the industry in this important role as President of ESA, an organisation committed to make our voice heard in Brussels as a responsible industry contributing to the delight and wellbeing of our consumers. A role I am convinced will become even more important in the years to come.”

Sebastian Emig, Director General of the European Snacks Association:

““We are excited to be working with Rolf as our new President. After so many years at the ESA Board and his leading position in Intersnack’s R&D department he knows the opportunities and challenges of our sector in and out.”

“I would also like to thank Valentina for her invaluable service as President. She led the association in a time of transformation into a successful and efficient organisation which isserving membersinterests at its best.

It’s always gratifying that so many savoury snack experts are willing to serve on ESA’s working groups ang governing board. We couldn’t do half the work we do without these vital contributions, and the wisdom of so many senior professionals is critical in identifying upcoming issues and potential solutions to the many challenges faced by our sector today.”