Wessanen will propose to appoint Mr. R.K. (Rudy) Kluiber as new member to its Supervisory Board at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held on Wednesday 5 September 2012. This nomination is based on a recommendation of Delta Partners.
Rudy Kluiber is not affiliated with Delta Partners in any way. In accordance with the Dutch Corporate Governance Code Rudy Kluiber is considered to be independent. It has however been mutually agreed that Rudy Kluiber at the request of Wessanen's Supervisory Board will offer his resignation as a Supervisory Board member when Delta Partners at any time reduces its stake to below 12.5% of the issued share capital.
Frans Koffrie (chairman of the Supervisory Board): "As a company, we highly value the regular constructive dialogue with Delta Partners. We fully support its recommendation to add Rudy Kluiber to our Supervisory Board because of his financial expertise. He brings a very sound financial background and extensive knowledge of the financial markets."
Delta Partners owns a substantial stake (25-30%) in the company. As a strategic shareholder it fully supports Wessanen's strategy of focusing purely on organic food in Europe. It expects to benefit from Wessanen's strong positions and organic brands in this interesting and growing market.
Rudy Kluiber (52) has the American nationality and is one of the three co-founders and managing directors of Boston-based alternative investment advisory firm GRT Capital Partners LLC. GRT provides active equity management strategies or a diversified investor base including institutions, private and retail investors via funds. Prior to that, he served amongst others as SVP and Portfolio Manager at State Street Research & Management Company.
He is a CFA charter holder; he earned an AB in Geology from Harvard College and an MBA from the Anderson School of the University of UCLA. He has been a non-executive director of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc in the period 2001- 2011.
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