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17th April 2007

Leading food production company supports future business planning with HR management software

Friesland Foods, the multinational company that develops, produces and sells high-quality dairy products and fruit–based drinks has selected Cezanne Connect Succession and Career software to enable it to track its global talent pool of 300 senior executives. Friesland Foods chose Cezanne’s product having identified a requirement to improve support for board level reporting and discussions related to succession planning and leadership development. Using Cezanne’s software has enabled the Corporate HR department to hold more accurate personnel data that it can use to better develop the careers of its senior management and meet the business needs.

The solution enables HR to identify the talents of the key people and look at developing them in roles that also benefit the business. Traditionally many organisations look at the existing roles in the company and then find personnel to fit.

The Corporate HR team is using the software for management development reviews and to carry out competency analysis (strengths and weaknesses) and performance reviews.

Initially the company anticipated that it would have only three users in the Corporate HR team, but since implementing the software has quickly realised the benefits that it brings and plans to extend its use wider across the company. Friesland is now planning to roll out the self-service option to assist with personnel data collection.

“Cezanne’s software is based on succession planning and management so it was ideal for us. I felt that they understood exactly what my role requires in a planning tool,” said Elsbeth Janmaat, Manager, Management Development, Corporate Human Resources at Friesland Foods.

“I am now much better equipped to provide information that can support planning for future business changes in the next 5-10 years, should we enter new markets or grow by acquisition. With accurate information I am more able to answer questions to assist the management team plan plan how we might meet such changes.”

Nick Fenton, Business Development Director at Cezanne Software said, “For organisations like Friesland Foods, how well they identify and develop people to fill potential roles is critical to future success. Cezanne Succession & Career is a uniquely powerful software system for succession planning and career management. it provides a consistent, enterprise-wide view of the skills, competencies, performance and ambitions of employees – and maps these to the needs of the business.”


Notes to Editors:

About Friesland Foods

Based in the Netherlands, Friesland Foods boasts a history of over 125 years and is a multinational company that develops, produces and sells natural, nutritional and high-quality dairy products, fruit–based drinks and ingredients.

Friesland Foods offers a wide range of products in over 100 countries. On a global scale, Friesland Foods’ revenue was 4.4billion euros in 2005.The organisation employs over 16,400 employees across its divisions globally.

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About Cezanne Software

Cezanne Software is a leading supplier of software systems for human capital management and compensation planning with customers across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

The company’s integrated suite of applications include systems for succession & career planning, employee performance management, survey, salary analysis, pay review and budgeting, and reflect many years’ experience of working with clients, independent consultants and academics at the forefront of best practice in talent and compensation management

Cezanne Software’s focus is to provide flexible, people-centred solutions that improve the day-to-day execution of business strategies, help drive critical employee performance and reward processes and enable companies to achieve and sustain a competitive talent advantage.

In June 2006, Cezanne Software merged with long-standing partner HRM Software. The combined company is now branded under the Cezanne Software name.

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Editors Contacts:

Sue Lingard
Cezanne Software Ltd
Marketing Director
Tel: 020 7202 300
Fax: 020 7202 9321

Andreina West
PR Artistry Ltd
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Fax: 01491 638866

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