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Published on Nov. 8, 2017

Top management changes to realize our ambitious plans

Hendrix Genetics’ ambitious Vision 2020 plan calls for significant growth and investment. A successful transition of the organization structure is part of the plan and a natural step in the development of the company. The company is pleased to announce that it will be making a number of organizational changes in its top management, effective January 1, 2018. 

New Executive Committee

Ronald de Haan and Dave Libertini will join the newly expanded Executive Committee, which will better represent Hendrix Genetics’ worldwide profile and ambitions.

Ronald de Haan will join Hendrix Genetics as Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Antoon van den Berg. Ronald has extensive management experience in integrated food and meat production. He has lived for 13 years in Thailand acting as CEO in Golden Foods Siam (vertical broiler integrator), Bangkok Ranch Group (vertical duck integrator including duck breeder Cherry Valley) and Godaco SeaFood Company (Vietnamese Pangasius integrator).

Dave Libertini will be appointed to the Executive Committee as Vice President Americas, reporting to CEO Antoon van den Berg, and will be based in Kitchener, Canada.  Dave has an excellent track record and long term experience in animal breeding in Hendrix Genetics and its predecessor, Euribrid. The Americas is an important development area for Hendrix Genetics and in this role, Dave will ensure that all activities there are well supported to maximize synergies and growth in the region. 

New Managing Director Business Unit Turkeys

Raf Beeren will be appointed to the position of Managing Director, Business Unit Turkeys, reporting to CEO Antoon van den Berg.  Raf has delivered strong results within Hendrix Genetics and with clients around the world. Most recently, Raf led the Swine Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics and has worked hard to position that business unit for growth over the last 6 years.  Prior to this role, Raf held various roles with Hypor and the former broiler breeding division of Hendrix Genetics, Hybro.

Dave and Raf will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition of leadership in the Turkeys Business Unit and Dave will continue to be involved in ongoing projects around the world as well as representing Hendrix Genetics on industry and advisory boards.

The process for replacement of Raf in the Swine Business Unit is well underway, and his successor is expected to be named shortly.

Antoon van den Berg

With these changes we have prepared our organization for our planned accelerated growth period. I am convinced that these three leaders, with their proven track records, will contribute with their experience to lead our company into the new era of global leadership in animal breeding.

Antoon van den Berg
Antoon van den Berg
Chief Executive Officer