Ard Groot

    Story

    Ard Groot comes from seven generations of seedsmen who formed the foundations of the Dutch seed industry in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. His father, Simon Groot, founded East-West Seed in 1982. Today it is one of the leading tropical vegetable companies in the world, playing an important role in the development and improvement of tropical vegetable varieties and increasing the income and knowledge of smallholder farmers.

    Ard joined East-West Seed as vice chairman of East-West Seed’s supervisory board in 2012 following a 20-year professional legal career outside the company. He represents the second generation of the founder and majority owner family, dividing his time between the group's Asian operations and his Dutch home base. Besides his role as a non-executive director, Ard leads a variety of projects and tasks in the company in support of the executive team, building on experience gained through his legal and financial background. 

    Ard is a Dutch national and holds an LLM degree in tax law from Leiden University. Together with a delegation of East-West Seed executives and (family and independent) board members, Ard participated in the FAME program of the INSEAD business school in 2011. Ard has also participated in the Leading from the Chair program at INSEAD in 2015. 

    Bio

    Team : Supervisory Board

    Current position : Chairman of the Supervisory Board

    Works for East-West Seed since : 2012

    Based in : Nonthaburi, Global

    Education

    Leiden University

    LLM (Tax Law)

    Other Team Members

    Mary Ann Sayoc

    “I like most the philosophy that Simon Groot espoused - serving the farmers and increasing their income from vegetable ...

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    Henk Hermans

    “East-West Seed is an organization led by a strong purpose--to serve farmers.  I am honored to join East-West Seed...

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    Irene Sion

    "I'm a daughter of a farmer, working in East-West Seed is my simple way of helping my fellow farmers."Irene’s journey w...

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    Eric Reynoso

    “The best part of my job is working with and learning from people - farmers, dealers, colleagues.”  Eric joi...

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    Erick Labay

    “The ‘one-family’ atmosphere and the genuine interest in serving the farmers are the things that I like mos...

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    Daisy Caraos

    “Working with East West Seed is like being an instrument of success for the people we serve.”In 1983, fresh out o...

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    Paul Denis Batungbacal

    “EWS never wavers from its commitment to serve farmers.”Denis is the the country’s Human Resources Manager....

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    Tino Aromin

    “I love working with farmers. EWS offers me this opportunity to serve farmers more, with full support and less operatio...

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    Robert Acosta

    “EWS gave me the opportunity to touch the lives of thousands of smallholder farmers from far-flung areas who are workin...

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    Simon Groot

    Simon Groot is a 6th generation descendant of the family that laid the foundation of the Dutch vegetable seed industry. Durin...

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