Meet Our Team

Talented and passionate team members are the foundation of East-West Seed’s success. We are a company of 5,000 people -- multicultural, diverse and dedicated to the company’s mission to serve farmers.

Jay Lopez

Jay has over 24 years of experience in pharmaceutical, nutritional, and consumer health products within the Philippine and In...

Jean-Christophe “JC” Filippi

Jean-Christophe “JC” Filippi is the Chief Executive Officer of the East-West Seed Group. Prior to joining Ea...

Alkeen Ingal

With over 20 years of experience in trade sales and farm operations, Alkeen is a seasoned professional in the agricultural in...

Arthur Cabacungan, Jr.

“East-West Seed has a culture of continual career growth which allows flexibility in showcasing talents that leads to b...

Joost van Elzakker

Joost is East-West Seed's Chief Commercial Officer ensuring we maintain strong connections with - and development of our prod...

Ruby Samonte

“East-West Seed brings me closer to the farmers-- understanding their needs and working with them. Hearing their succes...

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...

Dilip Rajan

Dilip is the Chief Operating Officer on the East-West Seed Managing Board. He joined East-West Seed as General Manager for In...

Julius Sulit

“I like working for East-West Seed because its sense of purpose to serve farmers is beyond and above me. I remember one...

Girlie F. Banaña

Farmers' productivity the measure of success. As one of the longest-serving team members, since 2000, Girlie is very fam...

Mary Ann Sayoc

Mary Ann is the Public Affairs Lead for the East-West Seed Group. In this role, she represents EWS globally in various policy...

Michel Devarrewaere

Michel has over 30 years of experience in the seed industry in both the public and private sectors. He worked for Monsanto in...

Maaike Groot

Maaike Groot is a 7th generation member of a family of seedsmen. After building a career in art sales and academic publishing...

Thibaut P. Terlon

Thibaut is the Chief Financial Officer of East-West Seed. He joined the company in 2024.Thibaut has vast expertise in navigat...

Katalin Pákozdi

Katalin is East-West Seed's Chief R&D Officer, leading the company's breeding strategy and direction.Katalin brings the r...

Cathlea Barote

Cathlea is East-West Seed's Chief People Officer with extensive HR experience, both at country and regional level.As CPO, Lea...

Ard Groot

Ard Groot comes from seven generations of seedsmen who formed the foundations of the Dutch seed industry in Enkhuizen, The Ne...

Simon Groot

Simon N. Groot is the founder of East-West Seed and the World Food Prize Laureate 2019.Simon Groot is a 6th generation descen...

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