Nutreco announced several changes in its Executive Committee (ExCo). Harm de Wildt, Nutreco chief operating officer and CEO Trouw Nutrition, will retire from the company. His role will be taken over by Saskia Korink, currently innovation director at Trouw Nutrition. At the same time, Nutreco’s chief innovation officer, Viggo Halseth, will step down from the ExCo. He will continue in his current role focusing full-time on developments, projects and investments in alternative aquaculture farming.
Harm de Wildt to retire
After a career at Nutreco spanning over 19 years, Harm de Wildt will retire from the company at the end of 2020. Saskia Korink will take on the role of Nutreco chief operating officer and CEO Trouw Nutrition, on August 15. Until the end of the year, Harm will support Saskia in her transition into the role and lead several key projects. He will continue to report to Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans.
“Harm has been a stalwart of the company for many years and his tireless enthusiasm and commitment has brought about lasting positive impact in Nutreco,” says Rob. “Over recent years, he has successfully introduced a Trouw Nutrition global strategy focused on nutrition, health and precision farming while developing an innovation strategy for the division. We will miss Harm and wish him all the best in the future.”
Saskia joined Nutreco just two years ago as innovation director and has been pivotal in bringing R&D and marketing closer together and in the success of Trouw Nutrition’s newly-created Species Councils. She has also implemented a customer-focused innovation approach to accelerate bringing innovation to the market. Prior to joining Nutreco, she worked at Cargill for over 10 years in several roles, including leader of the Latin American Cocoa business and as global marketing director for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition business. She also held senior-level positions in several other companies, including chief operating officer responsible for ABS at Genus plc.
Viggo Halseth to focus on alternative aquaculture farming
Nutreco’s chief innovation officer, Viggo Halseth, will step down from the ExCo to focus completely on his current role of exploring opportunities in the area of alternative aquaculture farming, such as Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
“As the number of alternative aquaculture farming innovations continues to grow, the time needed to assess potential partners, investments or projects is growing too,” Viggo explained. “Moving forward, as I can focus solely on this exciting area, we will be able to continue to develop our strategy and move quickly when we see the right opportunities.”
“Alternative aquaculture farming is a key component in fulfilling Nutreco’s mission of Feeding the Future. I’m delighted that Viggo is freeing up his time to focus on this and I’m excited by the possibilities we see,” Koremans said.