ForFarmers has announced that Bert-Jan Ruumpol is resigning as CEO, effective April 30, 2014, by mutual agreement with the supervisory board.
Ruumpol has worked for ForFarmers and its legal predecessors since 1991. Since the start of 2003, he has been the CEO and chairman of the board of ForFarmers. Under his leadership, the company has changed direction and expanded from a regional cooperative to an international company.
The supervisory board will soon begin the search for a successor. This will enable a careful choice to be made and allow Ruumpol to familiarize the new CEO with the role, according to the company. After the end of his employment, Ruumpol will be available as a consultant to the supervisory board and management of ForFarmers for at least another two years.
“When I leave next year I will have worked, with great pleasure, for ForFarmers for almost 25 years,” said Ruumpol. “I will do my very best to make 2013 another successful year for ForFarmers. I will, in addition, give my full support to my successor to ensure a good start. After I have left ForFarmers I will advise other companies and possibly be working with a number of supervisory boards.”
The supervisory board said it is confident the agreements made with Ruumpol concerning his departure and his availability as a consultant will permit ForFarmers to build on its success. “We can understand Bert-Jan Ruumpol’s decision,” said Jan Markink, chairman of the supervisory board. “ We are grateful to him for what the company has achieved over the years. Together with his team he has laid the foundations for a promising future for ForFarmers. He has made a major contribution to the development, growth and success of the company since he became CEO in 2003.”