Hendrix Genetics, a leading global animal genetics company with activities in 25 countries, is adding two members, Johan van Arendonk and Raf Beeren, to its executive committee (ExCO), effective April 1, 2020.

At the same time, the Hendrix Genetics has named Alan Rickard as the new managing director of the turkey business.

Executive committee changes

The company also announced the resignation of current ExCo member Dave Libertini. With these changes, the ExCo will consist of five members.

“We are delighted to add Johan and Raf to our executive committee,” said Hendrix Genetics CEO Antoon van den Berg. “We welcome them both, and we know that with Johan’s deep scientific roots in breeding and genetics, and Raf’s extensive multi-species business knowledge, our committee will be able to focus on the right areas and lead the organizational change, as we have defined in our Vision 2025 plan. We look forward to the contributions they will both make.”

Van Arendonk in his role as chief innovation & technology officer will be responsible for research & development, the company’s sustainability program and innovation portfolio.


Beeren will be promoted from his actual position of managing director of the turkey business unit to chief operating officer. In his new role he will lead the business units in the next growth phase of the company.

Libertini will step down but continue in a senior advisory role.

Beeren and van Arendonk will join the remaining members of executive committee: Thijs Hendrix, president; van den Berg, CEO; and Mariette Ferrari, chief financial officer.

Rickard to lead turkey business

Rickard joined the Hendrix Genetics team as the managing director of the turkey business, succeeding Beeren. His appointment is effective February 3. The turkey team represents the Hybrid Turkeys brand.

Based in Canada, Rickard comes with a wealth of experience in the agrifood and biofuels sectors. He worked for both private and publicly held companies in Canada and Europe.