BERKEL EN RODENRIJS, THE NETHERLANDS – Koppert Biological Systems has increased the size of its board in response to the projected growth of the Dutch family company. Koppert is a global specialist in biological crop protection.
The new composition allows for more focus on specific areas of operation. The original board that includes CEOs Paul Koppert and Henri Oosthoek, and CFO Robert Pathuis, has grown to include Peter Maes to be Director Corporate Marketing, Martin Koppert Director Agri, and Joram Oosthoek Director Finance & Control. René Koppert and René Ruiter will take up the position of Director Horti. The new roles are much more specific in nature and, together, cover all areas in which the company operates.
In addition to the expansion, there is also a shift within the management. Founder Peter Koppert and advisor John Budé, formerly non-executive board members, are now taking place on the Advisory Board.
Ready for the future
‘Our rapid growth and the need for specific divisions like Horti, Agri and live stock, made us realize that it was time for change within the top tier of the company’, says CEO Paul Koppert. ‘Three of the original board members will stay on to ensure continuity and pass on their valuable experience in leading the company. The new board represents a healthy balance between experienced family members who are ready to take on additional responsibilities, and non-family members who have earned their spurs over the years. The new members of the board each have their areas of expertise and we have every confidence that they will perform well in their new roles.’
Photo caption from left to right:
René Koppert Director Horti
Martin Koppert Director Agri
René Ruiter Director Horti
Peter Maes Director Corporate Marketing
Robert Pathuis CFO
Joram Oosthoek Director Finance & Control
Henri Oosthoek CEO
Paul Koppert CEO