Royal Wessanen nv announces that Mr Durk Jager, Chairman of its Supervisory Board, has
resigned from the Board with immediate effect. Mr Frans Koffrie has taken up the
position of Chairman as from the end of business on 28 July 2010.
Mr Jager expressed his desire to resign for personal reasons.
The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board would like to take the opportunity to
thank Mr Jager for more than five years of service on the Supervisory Board. As Chairman
of the Board he contributed greatly to the discussions and decision-making of the
Supervisory Board, provided advice to the Executive Board and showed leadership when
this was required in more difficult times.
Mr Koffrie became a member of Wessanen’s Supervisory Board in 2001. In February 2009 he
stepped down to become interim-CEO of Wessanen, which position he held until 1 June of
this year when he was succeeded by Piet Hein Merckens. Per that same date Mr Koffrie was
re-appointed member of the Supervisory Board for a final term of four years. In
appointing him Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wessanen does not follow the best
practice provision in the Dutch Corporate Governance Code which provides that the
chairman of a supervisory board may not be a former member of the executive board of the
company. The reasons for not applying this provision are that Mr Koffrie served as CEO
of the Company for a relatively brief period only and that his extensive experience in
leading large international companies makes him an excellent candidate to take up the