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Management Team

At Barentz we believe in thinking global and acting local. This is why our management team is a powerful mix of ingredients experts and people with local market knowledge and expertise. Our management team consists of our three boardmembers and seven senior managers who operate across our organisation.

Geert IngelbertVice President Food & Nutrition

With an exceptional track record in the Food Industry, Geert is leading all Food & Nutrition activities for Barentz. A food technologist by training, Geert applies his knowledge to build strong customer teams who can solve any ingredients challenge for customers.

Jos van der Linden – Chief Financial Officer
Jos began his Barentz career in 1997 in the Dutch head office. With his exceptional experience in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and IT projects, he has continuously made the growth of the business possible. Jos likes to be independent and that is exactly one of his ambitions for Barentz: to remain financially independent and strong.

Hidde van der Wal - Chief Executive Officer
Hidde joined Barentz in 1988 having initially qualified as a food technologist. He has worked throughout the organisation and is a truly focused and experienced international executive. From 1994 till 2000 he was VP at ADM’s Protein Division, and then re-joined Barentz as CEO. Hidde had lead Barentz through the growth of the business throughout Europe and has initiated the expansion into Asia.

Pavel Kratochvil– Executive Vice President
Pavel became part of the Barentz team with the expansion of the Barentz business into the Czech Republic in 1992. His background is in engineering and economics and he has been driving the European growth of Barentz, with his depth of experience in chemical and ingredients distribution.

Torsten PieschnickVice President of Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care

With a doctorate in chemistry and profound experience in the ingredients industry, Torsten leads the Pharmaceutical and Personal Care business activities for Barentz. In his 14 + years with Barentz, he has built strong teams to serve customers optimally.

Kees Schepers - Vice President Barentz Overseas

A chemist by training, Kees leads all Asian and North American business development activities for Barentz. He also leads the commercial side of the Vitablend business on a global scale. Kees builds on years of experience in the Food industry with Glanbia Nutritionals and Barentz.

Paul Verboeket - Vice President Animal Nutrition

Paul joined Barentz in 2014 to lead all animal nutrition activities, with a focus on feed production and pet food. Paul has extensive experience in this business, coming from Brenntag and before that Perstorp, Agrifirm and Forfarmers. Paul is an Animal Scientist by education.

Marc Duchene - Managing Director Barentz Asia Pacific

With an MBA and a Master of Science in Food Technology and Nutrition, Marc has extensive experience in the Food & Nutrition industry. Based in Singapore, Marc leads all business development activities in the region and is also Managing Director of Vitablend Asia Pacific.

Anthony Litchfield - Managing Director Barentz UK, Ireland, India & Sales Director, Pharmaceuticals

Anthony joined Barentz in Dec 2011, when Barentz acquired Forum Products Ltd where he was a Board Member and Shareholder. With a degree in Applied Chemistry, he has spent most of his career in sales, product management and senior management roles in the pharmaceutical industry.

Michael Chenkeli - Managing Director Barentz Russia, Ukraine & CIS countries

With his local market knowledge and solid experience in developing international business, Michael plays a leading role in implementing the growth strategy of Barentz in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS countries. Michael holds a master´s degree in management and has led the Barentz activities in this region since 2007.





Latest News

01 - 03 - 2017
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, March 01, 2017 – Barentz International has established a Joint Venture with Vita Co., Ltd., a well-recognized ingredients distributor in Thailand, to further strengthen its activities within the Food Ingredients segment in Southeast Asia. Vita's profound knowledge of the Thai market and its well-established customer network will be an asset for Barentz, while Vita's product portfolio will be greatly widened with Barentz' product range and production facilities in the region.
14 - 11 - 2016
Barentz announces the acquisition of the majority shares in Globe Ingredients, a fast growing international raw material trader and distributor based in Holland, Serbia, China and Colombia. Globe Ingredients’ core business is in vitamins and amino acids, mainly for the feed industry, which further strengthens Barentz’ position as an animal nutrition provider while also taking the business into new geographic regions.
18 - 04 - 2016
Parabel USA Inc, winner of the 2015 IFT Innovations Award for its LENTEIN plant protein, and Barentz proudly announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement for Parabel’s novel range of plant based protein ingredients for food and feed, as well as for plant based personal care ingredients.