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New Chairman of the Board takes office at Cosun

4 June 2014
Jos van Campen handed over his chairmanship of Royal Cosun to his successor, Dirk de Lugt, during the cooperative’s annual general meeting on 4 June 2014. Mr van Campen had been Chairman of the Board for 11 years and had previously been an active director of the cooperative for many years.

His successor was elected Chairman last year and has used the past few months to familiarise himself with the cooperative. The departing Chairman was praised for his time at Cosun. Mr van Campen in turn expressed his confidence in the cooperative’s future: ‘This is a good moment to pass on my duties. We have concluded the discussions about the reform of the EU sugar market organisation and are making preparations for the period without quotas. I have every confidence that my successor is the right man to take the cooperative forward.’

Adri Bossers, a member of the cooperative and former district chairman in the northwest of Brabant, had previously been elected as a member of the Board to fill the vacancy left by Mr van Campen. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Watze van der Zee, has also stood down. He will be replaced with Edwin Michiels, a member of the cooperative. The Supervisory Board will elect a new Chairman from among its own members at a future meeting.

Dirk de Lugt praised the work of his predecessor during his first speech as Chairman of Cosun: ‘With Jos van Campen at the helm, Cosun has grown into a strong, healthy cooperative. I believe there are many opportunities for further growth and innovation to remain successful in the future.’ Following the annual general meeting, many of those who had worked with Jos van Campen in recent years attended a reception for him and his wife in Ermelo.