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.

Ard Groot

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

Henk Hermans

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

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...

Douwe Zijp

Douwe Zijp is the CEO of East-West Seed Group as of December 14, 2020, after serving four years as Vice Chairman of the Super...

Paul Chaytor

Paul brings with him 22 years of supply chain expertise, in organizations such as ICI, The Body Shop and, more recently, Nest...

Michel Devarrewaere

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

Joost van Elzakker

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

Dilip Rajan

 Dilip is the Chief Strategy Officer on the East-West Seed Managing Board. He joined East-West Seed as General Manager f...

Daisy Caraos, Research and Development Manager

Daisy Caraos

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

Arthur Cabacungan, Jr.

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

Cathlea Barote

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

Marc-Philippe Garnaud

Marc is East West Seed's CFO, and his mission is to drive company's financial performance while implementing efficient operat...

Simon Jan de Hoop

One of the very first employees to join back in 1984, Simon Jan was head-hunted by the founder of East-West Seed, Simon Groot...

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...

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, General Manager

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...

Mike dela Paz

“I feel so fulfilled whenever I see farmers smile and say: 'Thank you East-West Seed for the high quality seeds. Becaus...

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