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56 I EUROPEAN SEED I EUROPEAN-SEED.COM INDUSTRY NEWS TAILORED TO SEED PROFESSIONALS INDUSTRY NEWS DELIVERS THE PEOPLE RESEARCH BUSINESS AND PRODUCT NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW. SUBMISSIONS ARE WELCOME. EMAIL US AT NEWSISSUESINK.COM. PEOPLE NEWS Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds has announced changes to its management team. Frank Claessens will replace Vicente Navarro as the new managing director operations. Claessens began his career with Vegetable Seeds in 1989 as a research analyst in seed technology after which he took on various leadership positions in quality assur- ance and then in seed processing both within operations. In 2011 he was appointed global head of supply chain. Navarro will replace Ko Remijnse as managing director marketing and sales. Navarro began his career in 1985 as product manager and was responsible for the vegetable seed business in Spain. He held several management positions in marketing and sales before he was promoted to global head of marketing in 2005. In 2011 he became part of the management of vegetable seeds as managing director strategy and staff functions and assumed the responsibility of managing director operations and strategy in 2013. Since 2013 he is also chairman of the vegetable and ornamental crops section of the International Seed Federation. Dutch seedsman Simon Groot receives the prestigious Mansholt Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in recogni- tion of his contribution to the vegetable farm- ing sector in the tropics over the last three decades. Groot is the founder of East-West Seed a 33-year old company that has played an important role in the development and improvement of tropical vegetable varieties in Southeast Asia and beyond. Our world is dominated by small scale farmers. What we do is add value to their labour and land. We have worked hard to create better genetics in tropical vegetable crops using plant breed- ing technologies that have been successful for centuries in the West where I came from says Groot. The company bridges the gap in farmer extension and technology transfer responding to the changing economic and social conditions in agriculture-based devel- oping countries. Ketty Nilsson has been appointed as pres- ident at NoroGard AB a leading producer of seed treatment machinery in Sweden. Nilsson has previous experience of business devel- opment in the railway industry and joined NoroGard as marketing director in March 2014. Nilsson is also joining Norogard as a co-owner and member of the board. The American Seed Trade Association ASTA names Bethany Shively as its new director of communications. Shively comes to ASTA from the National Association of Conservation Districts where she led the associations communications efforts for the past five years. As director of communications for ASTA Shively will work with ASTAs staff and the associations leadership to promote the seed industrys regulatory and legislative posi- tions as well as its many initiatives to support education and research careers in the seed industry and the quality management move- ment and stewardship of seed. Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton head of the International Rice Genebank joins the secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources at the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO of the United Nations to bolster the implementation of the treaty. An evolutionary biologist with four decades of experience in plant genetic resources Hamilton will share his deep sci- entific expertise as head of the gene bank maintained by the International Rice Research Institute to strengthen the global information system on plant genetic resources under the Treaty and its multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing which covers in addi- tion to rice 34 crops and 29 forages. The multilateral system seeks to facilitate access to plant genetic resources for conservation and use in research breeding and training guided by global food security goals and to ensure that resulting benefits are shared equitably. Hamilton will help develop options for improving the instruments that enable the fair and equitable sharing of genetic resources. The Stockton Group an international crop protection company has appointed Yaakov Kobi Inbar as vice-president of Research and Development. In his new role Inbar will be adding his expertise and knowledge to further the development of STKs pipeline leading the companys efforts on a global scale new growth opportunities and commercialisation. We are pleased to have Kobi join our execu- tive team. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the crop protection market and we look forward to his future contribu-