25 June 2015 09:12

De Kuyper Announces Interim CEO

Starting July 1 2015, Mark de Witte will be appointed as a member of the board of De Kuyper Holding NV. No later than September 1, 2015 Mark will take over the role of CEO from Ben van Doesburgh.

Mark de Witte is well known in the beverage industry in Europe and The Netherlands. His most recent position was Managing Director of Bacardi DACH and Nordics, responsible for 8 countries, including Germany. Previously Mark was CEO of Bacardi-Brown Forman Brands in the UK and General Manager of Bacardi Netherlands.

Mark: "I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity to work for a very Dutch family company like De Kuyper. It is my passion to produce and market premium beverage brands. With the portfolio and the international distribution network De Kuyper has, I see many chances for the future".

Ben van Doesburgh was initially appointed for a 5 year period. After 6 years it was his wish to continue his career in a new direction. Ben: "It is a good feeling to hand over the company to a recognized experienced expert like Mark. I am proud of wat the management team and the other employees of De Kuyper have accomplished over the last 6 years. Especially bringing-in the 11th generation, acquisition of new brands and the start of our American Distribution Organization provides opportunities for the future".

Jan Willem Baud, Chairman of the Board of De Kuyper Holding NV, states: "It is good to see that experienced international managers like Ben and Mark are enthusiastic about leading an centuries-old Dutch Family Firm. Finding the balance between long-term focus and short-term opportunities, requires special skills. We found those in Ben and are convinced to have found them in Mark too. We wish both of them a lot of success in their new responsibilities".

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