Royal FloraHolland installs Members’ Council07 December 2018
At Royal FloraHolland’s General Members’ Meeting (GMM) on 6 December, the composition of the Members' Council was announced, after which the Members' Council was installed. The Members' Council will start on 1 January 2019 and will consist of 42 members. Prior to and during the GMM, members were able to vote for the candidates selected by the nomination committee. With the establishment of the Members' Council, the General Members’ Meeting will come to an end.
Jack Goossens, chairman of the Supervisory Board: "As from 1 January, a strong, well-informed Members' Council will start its work. This council will be a source of expertise and experience in the sector that the cooperative can draw from. The priority is to link the strength of the Members' Council, underpinned by consultation of the members, with the company in order to achieve more together." The Members' Council will organize consultation sessions on important topics and strategic themes. This will provide members with the opportunity to exert influence on Royal FloraHolland's policy and to feed the Members' Council with ideas.
Composition of the Members' Council
The candidates for the Members' Council were nominated by a committee specially established for this purpose. The committee looked at a number of characteristics, such as the type of cultivation, auction clock or direct, geographical distribution, age, and gender. Of the 42 members, 18 mainly operate via the clock, and 12 mainly operate directly. 25 members are from the floriculture sector, while 15 work in the plant category. The remaining two combine both flowers and plants. Within the Members' Council, 23 members elected are younger than 50, 4 are female, and 7 are foreign members.
Steven van Schilfgaarde, CEO Royal FloraHolland, looks back on 2018. Van Schilfgaarde: "Our strategy is clearly paying off. All the important indicators are green, with one exception, which is still orange. We have taken significant steps forward in the past year." He also looked forward to 2019. "Next year, we will invest €100 million, with the emphasis on real estate and IT. We are responding to our customers' growing demand for square meters on our marketplace." Sales on the marketplace in 2019 are expected to increase by more than €100 million compared to 2018. The proposal for the new members' fees were approved by the GMM.
New members of the Supervisory Board
The GMM appointed Linda Hovius and Kees Pingen as members of the Supervisory Board. During the GMM, Supervisory Board members Mariëlle Ammerlaan and Joris Elstgeest were bid farewell. Chairman Jack Goossens thanked them for their important contributions during their time as Supervisory Board members.
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