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David Fousert new CEO of Royal Avebe

David Fousert new CEO of Royal Avebe

May 18, 2021
Today, the Supervisory Board of Royal Avebe announced that David Fousert will be appointed as the new chairman of the Board and CEO as of 1 September. He succeeds Bert Jansen who is leaving the cooperative after 13 years. Currently, Fousert is COO of ForFarmers.

David Fousert gained ample experience in a range of international leadership positions in the agri-food sector with Cargill and ForFarmers. In his current role as a chief operating officer (COO) of ForFarmers, he is responsible for some international divisions and for the business units marketing, nutrition, strategy, and innovation.

David Fousert has worked in the agri-food sector for quite some time and gained a great deal of experience in improving the business across the board in large and complex international environments. Over the past years, he focused largely on achieving sustainable growth with the implementation of market-led strategies.

As CEO of Avebe, he will use his experience to realize the strategic course to more value for growers, clients, and employees. Innovation and sustainability run through the strategy like a guiding theme.

Marijke Folkers – in ‘t Hout, chair of Avebe's Supervisory Board:
“We are ambitious and want to grow in value, whilst reducing our impact on the environment at the same time.”

“David Fousert’s passion for the agrifood sector and sustainability, his enthusiasm, connection and focus on result make him the best candidate to develop Avebe further.”

“We are pleased that he will take over the baton from Bert Jansen as of September.”
Bert Jansen will leave the cooperative after 13 years. Under his leadership, Avebe became a financially strong company. The strategic change in direction ensures that Avebe is a cooperative that grows in added value for its members, employees, and clients.

Marijke Folkers:
“We are deeply grateful to Bert Jansen for his enormous input, involvement, and for the way in which he turned Avebe into an innovative cooperative focused on the future.”
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