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East-West Seed Announces Change In Leadership

East-West Seed Announces Change In Leadership

By Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak


East-West Seed announced that April 1, 2023 Douwe Zijp will step down as CEO and Jean-Christophe (JC) Filippi will step in according to a release.

“Under Douwe’s leadership our new corporate strategy was launched, and our governance structure and company culture were strengthened,” said Ard Groot, chairman of the supervisory board. “Douwe’s purpose-driven and people-oriented leadership has been an inspiration to us all and I want to thank him in the name of our shareholder families and the Supervisory Board. We are very happy that JC Filippi will be joining East-West Seed in April. He brings extensive experience in international agribusiness to our team. With him as CEO East-West Seed will be led by a managing board consisting of six people, three men and three women from six different nationalities. As the chairman I’m very proud to see this much diversity in the company.” 

“When I joined East-West Seed as CEO in 2020, we knew this to be only for a few years,” said Zijp. “I am glad to continue my involvement by rejoining the supervisory board. I leave East-West Seed in the hands of a very capable successor.” 

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