Appointment Schat and Van Rijn completes Composition of Supervisory Board Vion

Date: 02-10-2014 Tags:

2 October 2014 – For the completion and strengthening of the Supervisory Board of Vion, two new members are joining the Board. Sipko Schat (54), former director of Rabobank, and Cees van Rijn (67), former CFO Nutreco, will join the Board from 1 October as respectively Chairman and member supervising finances. Through the appointment of the new members of the Board during the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, Vion’s Supervisory Board is now at full strength.  

Hans Huijbers, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vion, resigns as chairman, and continues as vice-chairman of the Board as of 1 October 2014. Mr. Huijbers has made this decision to enable him to spend more time on the further development of ZLTO (the Dutch Southern Agricultural and Horticultural organisation and sole shareholder of Vion) and his LTO portfolio Sustainability.

Michiel Herkemij, CEO Vion Food, said: “We are very grateful for Hans Huijbers’ chairmanship in recent years, and appreciate his decision to stay on as vice-chairman. The Executive Board of Vion is also very pleased with the appointments of Sipko Schat and Cees van Rijn, who will fully use their financial expertise for Vion’s benefit. Sipko’s background in banking, with a tremendous experience in the agrarian sector, and Cees’s long years of experience in the food sector, are extremely relevant to Vion. The appointment of both seamlessly fits within the new strategy which was announced this summer.”

After the Supervisory Board was expanded with the appointment of Ronald Lotgerink in July, the Board is now complete and at full strength thanks to these appointments. As of the 1 October the composition of the Supervisory Board is as follows: Sipko Schat (chairman), Hans Huijbers (vice-chairman), Toon van Hoof, Ton van der Laan, Tom Heidman, Ronald Lotgerink and Cees van Rijn.

Sipko Schat
Mr. Schat worked for Rabobank for over 25 years. Following various functions at the bank he was appointed Head of Structured Finance Rabobank International in 1995. Between 1999 and 2002 Schat was Head of Corporate Finance Rabobank International, after which he was appointed as member of the Managing Board Rabobank International in 2002. In 2006 Schat joined the Executive Board of Rabobank, where he was active until 2013.

Cees van Rijn
Mr. van Rijn has worked in the food sector for over 30 years. After various financial and marketing functions at Nutricia, Van Rijn became CFO of the Verto division of Wire Ropes. Between 1991 and 2001 Van Rijn worked as CFO, subsequently for the North European division of the McCain Food Group and Sara Lee Meats Europe. In 2001 Van Rijn joined Nutreco, where he was active as CFO for 10 years.