Chairman Hendrix Genetics’ International Advisory Board Retires

Chairman Hendrix Genetics’ International  Advisory Board Retires

Richard van Wijnbergen has retired as Chairman of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of Hendrix Genetics on April 20, 2017. He will be succeeded by Aalt Dijkhuizen, member of the board since 2007. Richard’s ten years of leadership has contributed to Hendrix Genetics’ current market position. Under his inspiring chairmanship, Hendrix Genetics has grown into a global leader in multi-species animal genetics and research.


Thijs Hendrix, Président of Hendrix Genetics: “We are thankful to Richard for his advice over the past ten years and for his contribution  to the success of our company. We wish him well for the future.”

Appointment Aalt Dijkhuizen

With his extensive knowledge in agriculture, research and business processes Aalt Dijkhuizen, being member of the IAB for many years already, will replace Richard van Wijnbergen as Chairman of the IAB of Hendrix Genetics. Together with the other members of the IAB: Johan Terpstra, on behalf of shareholder NPM Capital N.V. (part of SHV Holdings N.V.), and Cyril Melin, on behalf of shareholder Sofiprotéol S.A. the board will continue to provide guidance and support to the company’s Executive Board and Management Committee.

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Background Richard van Wijnbergen

After graduation at the Wageningen Agricultural University in 1968, Richard van Wijnbergen started his career as Marketing Manager at Hendrix’ Feed, to become its General Manager in 1977. In 1988 he was promoted to Deputy Managing Director and in 1991 to Chief Operating Officer of BP Nutrition’s global activities,  responsible for more than 100 operating companies and over 22.000 employees. He led the management buy-out in 1994 and founded Nutreco. After serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Nutreco he retired in 2000. Richard van Wijnbergen is to considered one of the industry leaders, with great influence on the development of the international food- and agri-industry.

Background Aalt Dijkhuizen

Aalt  Dijkhuizen is the former Chairman of the Executive Board of Wageningen University and Research Centre from 2002 to 2013 and is today a renowned member of different boards in the industry. During the 1990’s he was a professor at the same university, specializing in animal health. Between 1998 and 2002, He worked for Nutreco as Managing Director of the Business Group Agri Northern Europe. Aalt Dijkhuizen studied at the Agricultural College in Dronten and afterwards at Wageningen University. There he graduated in 1977 cum laude in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science. He earned his PhD-degree in 1983 at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University.

About Hendrix Genetics

Hendrix Genetics serves the animal protein value chain with genetic solutions in layers, turkeys, swine, salmon, trout and traditional poultry. Founded in 2005, the company has evolved through natural growth and the acquisition and integration of leading genetics companies. Its aim is to create value, while focusing on collaboration, innovation and sustainability.  Hendrix Genetics is dedicated to generating solutions for the animal protein sector that meet the challenges of food production. Backed by a strong portfolio of leading brands, Hendrix Genetics provides expertise and resources to producers worldwide with operations and joint ventures in 24 countries, and more than 2,800 employees. With respect and care for people, animals and the environment, Hendrix Genetics is committed to delivering better breeding today, for a brighter life tomorrow.

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