Royal Wessanen nv announces that Mr Durk Jager, Chairman of its Supervisory
Board, has resigned from the Board with immediate effect. Mr Frans Koffrie has
taken up the position of Chairman as from the end of business on 28 July 2010.
Mr Jager expressed his desire to resign for personal reasons.
The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board would like to take the
opportunity to thank Mr Jager for more than five years of service on the
Supervisory Board. As Chairman of the Board he contributed greatly to the
discussions and decision-making of the Supervisory Board, provided advice to
the Executive Board and showed leadership when this was required in more
Mr Koffrie became a member of Wessanen’s Supervisory Board in 2001. In February
2009 he stepped down to become interim-CEO of Wessanen, which position he held
until 1 June of this year when he was succeeded by Piet Hein Merckens. Per that
same date Mr Koffrie was re-appointed member of the Supervisory Board for a
final term of four years. In appointing him Chairman of the Supervisory Board,
Wessanen does not follow the best practice provision in the Dutch Corporate
Governance Code which provides that the chairman of a supervisory board may not
be a former member of the executive board of the company. The reasons for not
applying this provision are that Mr Koffrie served as CEO of the Company for a
relatively brief period only and that his extensive experience in leading large
international companies makes him an excellent candidate to take up the chair.
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