New Managing Director at Van Zanten Breeding

Sjoukje Heimovaara - photo: Royal Van Zanten

Sjoukje Heimovaara – photo: Royal Van Zanten

With effect from 1 April 2017 Royal Van Zanten plans to appoint Sjoukje Heimovaara as Managing Director of Van Zanten Breeding. She will succeed Henk Jacobs, who with effect from the same date has accepted a new position at Dekker Chrysanten. After obtaining her degree in plant breeding at Wageningen University (Netherlands), Sjoukje Heimovaara worked as head of TNO’s Applied Plant Sciences Department.
In 2003 she joined Royal Van Zanten as R&D Director. In this role she was involved in managing Royal Van Zanten’s various business units and under her leadership a continual impulse was given to the company’s innovative research operations. She has also been active in several auxiliary functions relating to strategy and policy.
Van Zanten Breeding positions itself as a strong player in the cut products alstroemerias, statices, chrysanthemums and bouvardias, as well as in the pot products asters, celosias, chrysanthemums and multifloras. This position will be developed further over the next few years.