Theo Spierings will succeed Chris Deen, who had to resign after a very short time due to health complications. An extraordinary general meeting of shareholders is expected to be convened for this purpose in January 2023. After his studies in food technology at the HAS in Den Bosch, Theo Spierings started his career at Friesland Foods, where he held various management positions and was appointed acting CEO in 2007. From 2011 to 2019 he was CEO of Fonterra. In 2020 he founded his own consultancy firm The Purpose Factory, where he mainly focused on the agricultural sector.
Spierings indicates that he has always felt very involved with the farmers and the agricultural sector, certainly at this moment. He indicates that it is very important to optimize the food chain and to make it more sustainable. He is looking forward to take on this assignment and add direction to it.