Jean-François IgnasseFollowing the very sad passing of our President Herman Hamer, the Board has come together and Jean-François Ignasse the current Vice-President will take over the role of Interim President. The Board has now started the search for a new President to be elected at the A.G.M. in May 2018 in Barcelona. All members are invited to put forward a candidate to fill this primary role and we ask you to seriously consider how your company as a member could support the organisation in this way.

For your information our Articles of Association state that Fleuroselect is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than one nor more than two members of each Business Unit plus a President, who is elected by the General Meeting. Each Board member has one vote on the Board of Directors. In cases where the votes are tied, the President holds a casting vote. With the exception of the position of President, there shall be no more than one representative per company or group of associated companies on the Board. The President of Fleuroselect is elected for 3 years.

Proposals and requests for further information should be addressed to the Secretary Sally van der Horst ( or Interim President Jean-François Ignasse (

New Vice-President
Harm CustersThe Board has meanwhile appointed Harm Custers of Takii Seed who is Chair of the Business Unit Home Gardening as Vice-President.

As Jean-François Ignasse is now acting President, his position as Chair of the Business Unit Breeders has become vacant. We will be advising the members of this Business Unit directly of the vacancy and procedures for replacement.

New Chair Business Unit Protection
Michael KesterBoard member Jurgen Hoogland of Syngenta Flowers who has been on the Board as the Chair of the Business Unit Protection for 2 years has left the company per 31st of December 2017 and therefore the Board of Directors.
Following an application procedure amongst the members of the Business Unit, Michael Kester Head of Flowers at Syngenta Flowers has been voted on as his replacement. We look forward to his support.

Chairman E.E.C. joins Board
RuudThe Board has finally requested that the Chair of the Entries and Evaluation Committee joins its ranks to improve communication with this important committee. This will be in an advisory role until the Articles of Association are changed to allow voting membership. Ruud Brinkkemper of PanAmerican Seed who is Chair of the E.E.C. will therefore join the Board as from 1st January 2018.