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New member of Vion supervisory board appointed


"Theo brings extensive international management experience in the food and agri sector. I am happy to welcome him as a member of our board" says Sipko Schat, chairman of the supervisory board.

Koekkoek is replacing Toon van Hoof whose term will end at the next general meeting of shareholders 27 March 2018. Mr van Hoof was no longer statutorily eligible for re-election. “Toon van Hoof made a significant contribution to Vion’s development since he joined the supervisory board in 2003. I would like to thank him for his commitment, support and efforts" says Sipko Schat.

New composition of Vion supervisory board: Following the two changes the supervisory board comprises Sipko Schat (chairman), Hans Huijbers (vice chairman), Marieke Bax, Tom Heidman, Theo Koekkoek, Ton van der Laan and Ronald Lotgerink, the company said.

Vion also announced that it has acquired 20% of the shares of hides company BestHides GmbH bringing its share from 40% to 60%. BestHides is a globally active supplier of chilled and wet salted hides and wet salted calfskins from north, central and south Germany. Back in 1980 BestHides was an original start-up of Vion. Since 2014, BestHides is jointly owned by Vion and Darling Ingredients Inc., of which Vion has acquired 20% of the shares.

Today Vion is the biggest supplier of BestHides located in Eching and Memmingen. “Vion valorises all parts of the animal in the best possible way. This step fits perfectly in the strategy of Vion to strengthen its Beef division” says Bernd Stange, Chief Operating Officer Beef. BestHides will be fully consolidated by Vion starting 2018.