Meet Our Team

Talented and passionate team members are the foundation of East-West Seed’s success. We are a company of 5,000 people -- multicultural, diverse and dedicated to the company’s mission to serve farmers.

Douwe Zijp

Douwe Zijp is the CEO of East-West Seed Group as of December 14, 2020, after serving four years as Vice Chairman of the Super...

Michel Devarrewaere

 Michel has over 30 years of experience in the seed industry in both the public and private sectors. He worked for Monsa...

Dilip Rajan

 Dilip is the Chief Strategy Officer on the East-West Seed Managing Board. He joined East-West Seed as General Manager f...

Paul Chaytor

Paul brings with him 22 years of supply chain expertise, in organizations such as ICI, The Body Shop and, more recently, Nest...

Joost van Elzakker

Joost is East-West Seed's Chief Commercial Officer ensuring we maintain strong connections with - and development of - our ma...

Cathlea Barote

Cathlea is East-West Seed's Chief People Officer with extensive HR experience, both at country and regional level.As CPO, Lea...

Rutger Groot

Rutger Groot is a member of the supervisory board of East-West Seed (since 2006) and concurrently chairs the East-West Seed K...

Marc-Philippe Garnaud

Marc is East West Seed's CFO, and his mission is to drive company's financial performance while implementing efficient operat...

Simon Jan de Hoop

One of the very first employees to join back in 1984, Simon Jan was head-hunted by the founder of East-West Seed, Simon Groot...

Ard Groot

Ard Groot comes from seven generations of seedsmen who formed the foundations of the Dutch seed industry in Enkhuizen, The Ne...

Simon Groot

Simon N. Groot is the founder of East-West Seed and the World Food Prize Laureate 2019.Simon Groot is a 6th generation descen...

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