Poultry industry veteran Adriaan Cornelis Weststrate, 66, died September 21, 2020.
Weststrate was born on April 21, 1954, in Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, the Netherlands. He graduated from Leiden University with a Masters in Law degree in 1978, and started his successful banking career with ABN Bank in the Netherlands in 1983, relocating to Singapore, Brazil and the United States.
He served as Rabobank’s regional manager for the Eastern region from 1993 to 1995. Since 1998, Weststrate led development of Rabobank’s poultry business in the U.S. He became the global poultry sector head in 2010 and the global co-head for the animal protein sector for the Americas in 2011. In recognition of his contributions, he was appointed vice chairman - global corporate clients in 2015. His responsibilities took him all over the world. He retired in June 2020 after a 27-year career with Rabobank. In July, he received the first Poultry Person of the World Award.
Weststrate served on the boards of the National Chicken Council, the World Poultry Foundation, and the C5 Youth Foundation of Georgia. He supported numerous organizations, including the International Poultry Council, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, the National Chicken Council, USPOULTRY, the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce, De Molenwiek and Cross Training Sports Camp.
Weststrate is survived by his wife, Ladan; his mother, Jacoba Elisabeth; his sister, Carla; and his half-brothers and sisters.
At his request, a Celebration of Life will be held in Atlanta at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Winship Cancer Institute, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Development Office, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30322.