Gioertz-Carlson, who is currently executive vice president and head of Arla Denmark, will replace Peter Lauritzen.
Lauritzen, who has led Arla UK for the past seven years, will take on a global role in the Arla Group before his retirement in 2015.
‘Highlights of my career’
Lauritzen said: “After 44 years of working for Arla, now feels like the right time to plan my future retirement. Working within the UK business has been one of the highlights of my career having overseen the merger with Milk Link and integration of 2,800 British farmer owners into our European cooperative as well as the delivery of the world’s largest fresh milk facility in Aylesbury and other significant investments.”
Arla ceo, Peder Tuborgh, said Lauritzen had been influential in the growth and development of the business during his “phenomenal” career with the firm.
Gioertz-Carlsen said he felt privileged to join the UK team.
“Contributing over a quarter of our global turnover, the business has already achieved many milestones including its undisputed number one cooperative position in the UK,” he added.