Ton van der Laan

Vice Chair

Ton van der Laan has been a member of the Rainforest Alliance Board of Directors since 2018 and was on the UTZ Supervisory Board before that. After graduation and military service in the Royal Dutch Navy, he joined Unilever in 1981, where he held a number of different production, engineering and general management functions in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. In 1991, he was appointed Chairman of Unilever Czechoslovakia based in Prague. In 1997, Ton joined Philips as Managing Director of the Domestic Appliances division. In 2000, he re-joined Unilever as Senior Vice President to lead the Customer Development work worldwide and became a member of the Foods Executive. Ton joined Provimi as Chief Operating Officer in October 2005, and became chairman of the Board of Provimi and Chief Executive Officer in June 2007. After the takeover of Provimi by Cargill Inc. in November 2011, he joined Cargill, as Platform Leader for the Cargill Animal Protein & Salt. In 2013 he was appointed as CEO of Nidera, a commodity service and solutions provider for the global agricultural markets.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University. He is member of the Supervisory Board of De Heus Voeders B.V. and of VION Food.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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