Today, the Supervisory Board of Royal Avebe announced that David Fousert will be appointed as the new CEO as of 1 September and chairman of the Board as of 1 October. 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 agrifood sector with Cargill and ForFarmers. In his current role as 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 agrifood 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 realise 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. “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”, concluded Marijke Folkers.