Dec 21, 2021

Barentz Expands its Board and Appoints Regional Leaders

Barentz, a leading global life science ingredients distributor is delighted to announce that they have expanded their Board and strengthened their Regional Leadership Team.

By appointing Gokhan Oran and Mike McKenna, the Board has been expanded to a total number of 7 members, covering the key management positions for all divisions and regions.

Barentz Board
Hidde van der Wal             
CEO and Chairman

Derk-Jan Terhorst             

Torsten Pieschnick            
CEO Europe, executive board member for Pharmaceuticals and Personal care

Terry Hill                                 
CEO North America, executive board member

Kees Schepers                     
Executive board member for South America, APAC, and Customized Formulation Centers

Gökhan Oran                      
Vice president Human Nutrition, executive board member

Mike McKenna                   
President & COO North America, executive board member

Four global regions with their own CEO
Due to the growth and current size of the business, Barentz has decided to appoint CEOs for their four specific regions. Next to Terry Hill, who already fulfilled that position for North America, the following three CEOs are now appointed for the other three continents: Torsten Pieschnick (Europe), Kees Schepers (ad interim - South America), and the newly hired Daniel Hitz as CEO for APAC. Daniel has over 30 years of strategic and operational ingredient-business experience across different continents in a diverse range of customer, commercial, business development, and technical roles.

The expansion of the board and the assignment of the regional leaders demonstrate Barentz’ commitment to further grow as a global life science ingredients distributor, whilst offering tailormade regional and local solutions for customers and suppliers.

Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz, comments:

“This is the logical and planned next step following our growth and our ambition. I am thankful and proud to announce this (role-)expansion of our leadership team and we warmly welcome Daniel Hitz to fulfill the CEO role for APAC. With this team, we will further strengthen our value proposition as the global life science ingredient distributor, with tailormade solutions in all regions.’

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About Barentz

Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients distributor. The company sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide. Their ingredient experts provide value-added technical support which includes pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation, and ingredient testing from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 60 countries with a strong presence in Europe and North America and a rapidly growing network in Latin America and Asia-Pacific. With a turnover of €1.85 billion, the company employs around 1,750 people worldwide and serves over 21,000 customers. For more information, visit: www.barentz.com

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