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.

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 Strategic Business Area Europe, the Strategic Business Development Area, STET Holland, IPR and HZPC Research & Development are managed 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 by 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 fina nce the business with risk capital. Certificate holders can become members of the Association.

The general members’ meeting of the ‘Vereniging HZPC’ elects and nominates the Board. 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 2019




M.J. Ubbens, chairman Groningen
C.J. Biemond Godlinze
I. Frolova Utrecht
M. Kester Bussum
W. Sinnema Sneek




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. and IPR B.V.
P.C. Ton Director STET Holland B.V.
H. Verveld Director SBDA B.V.
J.L. van Vilsteren Chief Financial Officer

Participating interests

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






L. Escalon Director

Management of participations

HZPC Deutschland GmbH R. Möller
HZPC France SAS C. Gauchet
HZPC Holland B.V. L. Escalon
Bonna Terra B.V. L. Escalon
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. Simoes
HZPC Sadokas Oy P. Bemelmans
HZPC UK Ltd. C.R. Baker
ZOS B.V. R. Woudwijk

HZPC Holland B.V. Works Council

G. Bloembergen, Chairman Groningen
L. Gommers, secretaris Espel
B. Borkhuis Marum
W. Meijer Gytsjerk
E. Meinsma Leeuwarden
T. van der Wal Franeker





H. Verveld Director

Management of participations

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





P.C. Ton Director

Management of participations

STET Potato UK P. Hewett
STET France Arl. T. Rondeaux
STET Russia AO. P.C. Ton, S. Voychik


The company has not set a specific goal to appoint women to Board roles or other positions. It does, however, aim to realise greater diversity in this context.