Poultry industry leader Marek Pospiech died unexpectedly on March 17 at the age of 65.

With more than 40 years’ experience in the poultry business, Marek W. Pospiech Dr. Sc Dipl. Eng. Agr, was a driving force behind Pas Reform’s commercial services in Central & Eastern Europe.

After graduating with a master’s degree in science and agricultural engineering from the Academy of Agriculture at Poznan (Poland) in 1973, Pospiech held numerous positions in the poultry industry on both sides of the Atlantic, including poultry specialist, economist, geneticist and breeding production manager.

During his scientific career at the Polish Research and Development Centre, Marek received his doctorate in animal breeding and was responsible for successfully introducing several commercial laying hen strains to market.

In 1990, he became Visiting Professor at the Poultry Science Department of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the and in 1991, Pospiech was appointed Country Manager for Euribrid in Poland, where he would be promoted ultimately to the position of area manager for Central & Eastern Europe.

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Alongside his commercial activities, Pospiech was director of the Polish-Swiss Foundation for the Development of Agriculture and the Food Industry since 2000, while also working as technical expert and market development consultant for the Cobb Breeding Company and, later, Cobb Europe.

Bouke Hamminga, director sales and business development of Pas Reform, worked with Marek for many years. “It is almost ten years to the day that Marek joined Pas Reform as our representative in Central and Eastern Europe,” he says.

”Marek’s skill, professionalism and deep commitment to the highest standards were pivotal to [Pas Reform’s] growth in the region. He was a greatly valued member of our team and he will be sadly missed.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies lie with Marek’s family and friends.”