Biobest strengthens management team
05-02-2013

Biobest today announced the expansion of its management team with the addition of Niek Steeghs and Herman Van Mellaert. Niek Steeghs joins the company as Director Operations Asia and North America. Niek formerly was Plant Manager at the Syngenta Bioline bumblebee factory. Herman Van Mellaert joins the company as Director Business Development. Herman has extensive expertise in the creation and growth of several life science and biotechnology companies. Both Niek and Herman will be part of the Company’s executive Committee.

 

The addition of Niek in Operational Management, working together closely with Director Operations Jan Vermeulen, will help the company cope with the challenges associated with a rapid increase in the number and size of production sites across the globe. This is part of the company’s strategy to serve the demand of different markets for locally adapted species for pollination and biological control.

 

The expansion of the Business Development team allows to streamline the commercial organization and to integrate business development projects with the sales organization. Group Marketing, Customer Service and Training and Knowledge will report to Herman. Marc Mertens will focus on the sales organization in Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa as Sales Director EAMEA. Richard Ward will be the Sales Director for North- and South-America.

 

CEO Jean-Marc Vandoorne, commented :”I am extremely pleased that Niek and Herman have joined Biobest. Our company is growing rapidly as growers around the globe are looking to implement sustainable crop management solutions. With this expansion, Biobest as a company is now also well prepared for a new phase of sustainable growth.”

 

BIOBEST is a worldwide authority in pollination and biological pest control for protected crops and open field crops. The company has more than 25 years of experience and together with its partners it is committed to help growers to reach their economic and ecological goals. BIOBEST is a value-driven company in which trustworthiness and nature are important assets.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Jean-Marc Vandoorne
CEO
BIOBEST N.V.
jmv@biobest.be

 

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