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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    Jedeliza Ferrater

    “People within the company are authentic in their desire to serve the farmers. It's a mission embedded in everyone's mi...

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    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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    Arthur Cabacungan, Jr.

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

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    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...

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    Girlie F. Banaña

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

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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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    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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    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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    Dexter Difuntorum

    “It's the fact that I'm part of an organization that significantly contributes to society, food security, and the econo...

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