Corporate governance & personal details

HZPC Holding is a two-tier board company with an Executive Board and an independent Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board appoints the members of the Executive Board.

There was a change in the management structure in the financial year 2015/2016. The legal restructuring followed as of 1 July 2016. The Executive Board of HZPC Holland B.V. became the Executive Board of HZPC Holding B.V. The activities of the board are primarily focused on the strategic and management activities of HZPC Holding.

The Executive Board informs the Supervisory Board about operations, consults with the Supervisory Board on all important issues, and presents important decisions to the Supervisory Board for approval. The management of the Strategic Business Area Europe, the Strategic Business Development Area, Stet Holland, IPR and Research & Development is conducted by the Executive Committee.

The Supervisory Board supervises and monitors the policy of the Executive Board and the day-to-day operations, and advises the Executive Board. The members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the General Meeting of Shareholders (GMS) upon recommendation of the Supervisory Board.

The General Meeting of Shareholders is convened by the Board of the Vereniging HZPC’ (HZPC Association), which holds 100 percent of the shares. The articles of association governing the company set out the General Assembly of Shareholders’ authoritative powers. In addition, the Executive Board must present specific decisions to the General Meeting of Shareholders for approval.

The ‘Vereniging HZPC’ has certified all the shares. Only (former) growers, (former) breeders and (former) members of staff may purchase and hold certificates. HZPC Holding is therefore literally a company of growers, breeders and employees and they have a voice in the direction of the company. They finance the business with risk capital. Certificate holders can become members of the Association.

The Members’ General Meeting selects and appoints the Board of the Association. The management of the Association requires approval of the members for a number of decisions taken.

Personal details of the management structure as of 30 June 2017


Supervisory Board


M.J. Ubbens, Chairman Groningen
C.J. Biemond Godlinze
M. Kester Bussum
E. Kraaijenzank Jistrum
W. Sinnema Arum


HZPC Holding B.V.


Executive Board

G.F.J. Backx Chief Executive Officer
H. Verveld Chief Commercial Officer
J.L. van Vilsteren Chief Financial Officer

Executive Committee

G.F.J. Backx Chief Executive Officer
L. Escalon Director SBA Europe B.V.
R.P. Graveland Director HZPC Research B.V.
H. Verveld Chief Commercial Officer SBDA B.V.
J.L. van Vilsteren Chief Financial Officer


HZPC IPR B.V. R.P. Graveland
HZPC SBA Europe B.V. L. Escalon
HZPC SBDA B.V. H. Verveld
HZPC Research B.V. R.P. Graveland
Stet Holland B.V. P.C. Ton



HZPC SBA Europe B.V.



L. Escalon Director SBA Europe B.V.

Management of participations

HZPC Deutschland GmbH R. Möller
HZPC France SAS L. Escalon
HZPC Holland B.V. L. Escalon
Bonna Terra B.V. L. Escalon
HZPC Sverige AB G.F.J. Backx
HZPC Kantaperuna OY M. Kauppinen
HZPC Patatas España S.L. J. Luis Marti
HZPC Polska Sp. z.o.o. T. Jardzioch
HZPC Portugal Lda P. Silva
HZPC Sadokas Oy S. Haarala
HZPC UK Ltd. C.R. Baker
ZOS B.V. R. Woudwijk

HZPC Holland B.V. Works Council

R. Stekelenburg, Chairman Huizen
E. van Schaik, Vice Chairman Stiens
L. Gommers, Secretary Espel
A. Assenberg van Eijsden Ens
G. Bloembergen Groningen
B. Borkhuis Marum
G. Lassche Vollenhove





H. Verveld Chief Commercial Officer

Management of participations

Solentum B.V. A. Hintikka
HZPC América Latina S.A. I. Ramallo
HZPC Americas Corp. F.M. Koops
HZPC Limited H. Verveld
HZPC China Limited H. Verveld





P. Ton Director Stet Holland B.V.

Management of participations

Stet Potato UK P. Hewett
Stet France Arl. P.C. Ton
Stet Russia AO. P.C. Ton, S. Voychik


The company has not specifically set itself the objective to enable women to take up management positions or other positions. However, the company does have the ambition to introduce more diversity here.