30 THE BATON IS HANDED OVER There were a great many baton handovers when 130 staff members and their families gathered for this year’s DHL Race in Odense, Denmark. A total of 27 teams took part in the relay stages. There was also a very special baton handover when Lars Magnéli, Division President for Industrial Film in the Trioplast Group, handed over the baton to his successor, Carsten Valentin. hen Lars Magnéli joined Trioplast in 2005, the culture made a strong impression on him. He found a loyal, skilled and resolutely forward-looking organization. “We have continued to develop that culture over the years. A lot of energy has been devoted to enabling people to devel- op with us and we have also been careful to create a culture where managers are close at hand,” he says. For Lars, it has always been important to let staff members use their own ini- tiative and work together as a team in order to create en- gagement and unity. “As division president, you have a responsibility to lead the way and act as a coach for your staff. It’s important to remember that it’s about involving the entire organization and as the leader you show the way, but that doesn’t mean you have to be the most visible person,” says Lars. On 15 June, 13 years later, retirement beckons and Lars hands over the baton to Carsten Valentin, who takes over his role as Division President of the Trioplast Group. Carsten was previously Senior Director at Arla Foods Ingredients. “I am very happy to now take over the baton from Lars. I look forward to work- ing with all the staff in a culture that is characterized by a good feeling of togetherness, high commitment and a high level of ambition,” says Carsten. When we ask Lars to look back at W the highlights, he thinks for a moment be- fore he says: “One of the highlights is that we have succeeded in taking a position as one of the leading companies within stretch hood film in a market that continues to grow.” Carsten agrees that stretch hood film is a segment in which Trioplast has great potential for growth. “Biofuel cover and timber wrapping also have great potential. In addition, we will devote energy to developing and strengthening our green profile by increas- ing volumes of recycled plastic in produc- tion, plastic made from biomass and other activities that help us to reduce our envi- ronmental footprint,” he says. “I wish Carsten and all my colleagues at Trioplast the very best of luck,” says Lars, who looks forward to spending more time with his family and friends, and on his interests, and who knows, perhaps new exciting projects in the future.