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New CEO for Chrysal as Wiegel steps down

Joep Wiegel stepped down Sept. 1 as Chrysal’s chief executive officer — a position he’s held since 2007 — and after being active for over 20 years with the company, according to a news release.

Wiegel was the driving force behind the further expansion of Chrysal’s post-harvest business and the expansion to Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya and Japan. He will remain involved with Chrysal until the end of the year in connection with handing over his duties.

Peter Vriends, former vice president and global manager post harvest at Agrofresh Solutions, has been named the new CEO of the Netherlands-based Chrysal International.

“I worked as Chrysal’s CEO for 10 years. This is a good time for me to pass the torch on to Peter Vriends,” said Wiegel in the release. “I met Peter over 10 years ago and I have gotten to know him as a driven businessman who can play an important part in the further growth of Chrysal with his passion for the post harvest sector.”

In 2014, Dutch investor Nordian took over 100 percent of Chrysal’s shares, together with the management, and the company went through strong growth.

“We are very happy that we have found a great successor for Joep in Peter Vriends,” said Perry Bos, Nordian’s managing partner, in the release. “We are very indebted to Joep for the very prosperous development of Chrysal, both in the period before Nordian and of course the last three years. The global growth of Chrysal in the professional and the business-to-consumer market is one of Joep’s important services. With the arrival of Peter Vriends, as well as the rest of the members of management, there is a solid foundation to build on.”