Barenbrug appoints Managing Director

Press Release
Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 29 April 2011

Barenbrug appoints Managing Director

Mr Jos van der Wielen has been appointed Managing Director of Barenbrug Holland BV as of 1 May 2011. As such, he will focus on the further international growth of the enterprise. The company’s core business is plant breeding, seed production and the marketing of innovative grasses and fodder crops for several domestic markets and a large number of export markets in Europe.    

Jos van der Wielen (47) has broad experience in the international seed industry. He was Business Manager for Flowers at Syngenta Seeds BV from 2006. Under his management, the Flowers Netherlands/Belgium/Scandinavia division generated substantial and stable growth. From 1990 to 2006, Jos van der Wielen also worked for Barenbrug Holland BV, holding various positions including Head of Export and was a member of the management team. 

“Our challenge for the coming years is to strengthen and expand our market position in more and more European countries,” says Bastiaan Barenbrug, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Barenbrug Group. “Jos’ entrepreneurship and knowledge of the international grass seed industry makes him the ideal leader for this mission.” 

Royal Barenbrug Group
Barenbrug Holland BV is part of the Royal Barenbrug Group, a family-owned business whose core activities are plant breeding, grass seed production and the global marketing of grass seed and fodder crops. With 550 employees, 24 branches in 14 countries on 6 continents, Barenbrug has been the leading grass seed business in the world for over 100 years. 
Barenbrug grasses are used at international events such as the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa as well as in the Bird's Nest Stadium at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and many other places worldwide.



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