EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE AND VISION
Our people make the difference at AHV International, and that starts with our leadership team. Our team of senior directors and managers consists of top research professionals, veterinary technology officers, strategy consultants, and financial experts. Our people are our pride. Our people are your people.
We combine deep knowledge of industries and geographies with breadth of experience and we are dedicated to a singular goal: optimizing our clients’ farm business profitability through optimal animal health and welfare. Together, we guide the AHV International branches and offices in a variety of markets.
The introduction of Animal Health Vision solutions has already led to numerous livestock farms switching over to the AHV platform. Our innovative solutions are used by over 6,500 livestock farmers and veterinarians internationally.
Jan de Rooy
Chief Executive Officer
Since the start of AHV International, Jan de Rooy has been involved with the company. Jan graduated as an Msc and also owns two bachelor degrees.
Driven and determined, he works daily on his goal: to introduce the concept and solutions of AHV International to livestock farmers all over the world, and build a multinational platform with AHV.
“We innovate to enable any decision maker in our industry to make a huge impact on their business and ultimately, our planet. With our support and expertise, we strive to make sure our industry leads the way in sustainability.”
Founder, Chief Scientific Officer
As a veterinarian Gertjan Streefland already experienced years ago that there were less and less good resources available for our animals. While studying microbiology, he came across the fact that bacteria are able to ‘talk’ to each other. This biochemical communication enables them to become active or inactive as a group. With AHV, we have succeeded in developing a broad range of innovative solutions from a new approach.
“Innovation is a state of mind”
Lex de Boer
PhD, Chief Innovation- HQ
Since August 2020, Lex works as Chief Innovation at AHV International. His role within this position is to manage the R&D department and to monitor AHV’s patent portfolio.
Lex has a lot of work experience in biotechnology. His career started from biotechnology in industry. He moved from industry to agriculture, focusing on the application of microorganisms in agriculture and horticulture. From agriculture and horticulture he switched to AHV and focused on the control of harmful microbes in animal husbandry. Lex previously worked at Gist-brocades, DSM, Heineken Groen Agro Control and Biotech Microbials B.V.
“At AHV we have the vision and brain power to convert the science of biodiversity into practical health solutions that give living beings a better life and a sustainable future. Innovation is my job!”
Emile van de Vegte
Logistics and Production Manager
Being responsible for logistics and production, Emile has made a significant contribution to the development of the company. He started as financial manager in February 2018 and has grown into the role of Logistics and Production Manager.
Emile graduated as an Accountant and has previously worked as an assistant accountant.
“Just as AHV continuously innovates and searches for solutions and develops new products, I am proud to be able to use my expertise for AHV International to provide my input and advice aimed at taking (strategic) decisions.”
Arun van Loveren
Arun is a versatile visionair, overseeing AHV’s brand, marketing, and creative departments. He focuses on the brand development of AHV and its innovations in the field of communication and marketing tools, as well as curating and directing the presentation of AHV to clients, stakeholders and the public domain.
Arun is relatively young, but has more than 20 years of experience in the area of creativity, advertising and branding, ranging from international B2C to B2B markets.
“When innovation comes to mind, we aim to do so through our animal health solutions, but also from the full spectrum of what our organization covers, including the AHV brand experience, communications and promotion.”
Chief Financial Officer
Since December 2020, Maarten Elshout has been working as CFO of AHV International. Maarten studied MSc Accountancy and graduated as a Chartered Accountant. He worked at PwC for 13 years, first as an accountant, later as an advisor in mergers and acquisitions. Maarten was also CFO of an investment fund for a year, until the opportunity arose to work as CFO of AHV.
“I look forward to making my contribution to the growth and further internationalisation of AHV International in the coming years.”
Managing Director - Germany
In May 2020 Dirk Ulrich joined the AHV International organization as the Managing Director for our branch office in Münich, Germany. Dirk has over 14 years of experience in leading positions in the agriculture and telecommunication industry.
“Agriculture 4.0 has only just begun and there is a need for young, creative companies and ideas that can find solutions for the challenges of the agricultural sector and at the same time create new innovations. My aim is to work with AHV to break through existing structures and initiate a new chapter in animal health”.
Managing Director- NL & BE
Since January 2021 Harold Elzinga is Managing Director of AHV Netherlands & Belgium. His enthusiasm, knowledge and experience will undoubtedly contribute to supporting and serving our customers even better.
Before joining AHV, Harold spent more than 30 years with ForFarmers, as account manager, entrepreneur and the last eight years as sales manager pig breeding.
“From an optimal animal health perspective, I want to deliver added value for our customers together with the team, where our unique products in combination with the right application and our tailored approach are central.”
DVM, Sales Director - Pigs & Poultry
Nils Henke joined AHV International in September 2020 as Senior Director Animal Health Pigs & Poultry. He is responsible for setting up this animal segment for AHV. His tasks include product development, business development and building a new distribution network. Nils is also ultimately responsible for the marketing and sales of the products.
Previously, Nils worked as a veterinarian at MSD Animal Health in England. He has also worked at Boehringer Ingelheim, IDT Biologika and Ceva Santa Animale.
Managing Director - Adria
Oliver has been working as Managing Director for the Adriatic office in Croatia since January, 2020. His responsibilities are to create presence, growth and market share in the Adriatic Region.
Prior to his career at AHV, Oliver successfully launched a variety of start-ups and has worked at companies in new markets.
˝Through my experience with various start-ups I know how I can help a company to really grow. I am convinced that AHV has the solution for the future that the promising Adriatic market needs.˝
Managing Director - UK & Ireland
Since the opening of the UK&IR office, Adam has been the Managing Director here. Adam has extensive experience in the agriculture industry. He has worked at Animal Nutrition and worked for Ballance Agri Nutrients in New Zealand for 5 years.
Adam’s role is to grow with the company in the agricultural industry, with a focus on dairy. He is also responsible for educating farmers on our highly innovative products.
“We have the resources, drive and expertise throughout our international organization to help our farmers and make our industry thrive.”
Managing Director - North America
Scott Woodside joined AHV in March, 2020 as the Managing Director for AHV North America.
Prior to joining AHV, he served as the Global Category Manager of Feed & Farm at Danone Group, working on the empowerment of its farmers network with relevant innovations to optimise performance. Scott has also worked for Cargill Animal Nutrition in the past.
“I am on a mission to help keep passionate farmers farming, create differential value in the food supply chain, and re-connect consumers to the food they eat.”
Managing Director - France
Since May Gaël started at AHV as Managing Director for our French office. He is responsible for running this branch.
Gaël already has a lot of experience in the agricultural industry and with supplementary animal feed. He worked for Hypred as sales manager and later as director in Canada for the North American market. Gaël has also worked for Groupe Cooperatif Le Gouessant as Director of the Minerals and Nutritional Supplements Division.
“I was won over by the innovative character of AHV’s products that’s the reason why I wanted to put my experience at the service of AHV France. I am convinced that we can contribute to responsible and sustainable agriculture.”
Managing Director - Italy
Since January 2021, Edoardo has been Managing Director of AHV Italy. His job is to help farmers in Italy, set up and expand our Italian branch.
Edoardo has a lot of experience in management and has been working in the agricultural sector for more than 27 years. Edoardo has recently worked as ST Ruminant Manager Italy for Phileo by Lesaffre and, previously, as Dairy Nutritionist and Sales Manager for various companies both local and multinational.
“I am so glad to represent and lead an amazing company in a beautiful country, building a team with a group of great colleagues and professionals. It is a real privilege to help build and shape a company that stands out for the advancement of animal health and empowering farmers through innovation for a quorum sensing powered dairy and food supply chain.”
Business Development - Adria
Karla has been working at AHV since January 2020. Karla is responsible for business development, building and maintaining relationship with clients. She also helps with achieving long-term organizational strategic goals and is working with the internal team, marketing staff and managers to increase sales opportunities. She is also responsible for coordination of all AHV Adria offices.
“Having confidence in AHV’s solutions and with the understanding of the emerging trends in the agricultural sector I can help AHV to meet business needs and requirements in the Adriatic region.”
Country Manager - Northern Ireland
Before becoming involved with Animal Health Vision, Paul had been an AI Technician for a lengthy number of years, working with the world leader in bovine genetics.
With a long-established career in the Dairy Industry Paul is the essence of what AHV stands for – innovation and experience.
“In life we strive to make a difference, and that is no different here at AHV. I believe we are and continuing to accomplish a major milestone in the Industry when it comes to animal health with the help of the science of Quorum Sensing. I am very excited to see what the future holds for us.”
General Manager - Hungary
Since July 2020 Csaba works at AHV as General Manager for AHV Hungary. He is responsible for opening and building new AHV markets in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech R. Poland, and Ukraine.
Previously Csaba worked as an agricultural engineer and has worked in animal nutrition for more than 20 years, managing 13 countries in Europe as Regional Director in a multinational company.
“I truly believe in such a unique concept and the research behind the AHV solutions, therefore I am excited to establish and help dairy farmers in Hungary & Eastern Europe to achieve the optimal animal health in an innovative, sustainable and cost-effective way.”
Country Manager - Ireland
George joined AHV in March 2020. George is Sales Manager for the Republic of Ireland. He primarily focuses on educating, motivating and mentoring the sales advisors. Additionally, getting out and speaking with farmers about our products is high on his responsibility list.
George grew op on a farm and worked in the Agri sales for 5 years. Agriculture has always been a part of him and a part of his life.
“I contribute by prioritising a first class customer service experience. I am passionate about the ongoing positive results the AHV products are providing to our customers. Our team are both individually and collectively committed to delivering this. We are seeing growth within the Irish market that shows how well AHV is being received within the farming community.”
DVM, Technical Manager - Italy
DVM, Sales Director - Croatia
Since January, Vinko has been working as sales manager for AHV Adria. He is directly responsible for sales in Croatia and Slovenia. Vinko is responsible for the transfer of knowledge about AHV Solutions to all team members while managing intellectual capital and being custodian of knowledge management practices in the firm.
For this Vinko has for 10 years as a field veterinarian in the Veterinary station in Zaprešić, Croatia and he was CEO of the same station for the same period of the time.
˝Many years of my experience in veterinary medicine combined with the solutions offered by the AHV lead us to a natural way of maintaining animal health, because everything comes from nature and returns to it.˝
Amber van Ark
HR & Office Manager - HQ
Amber joined AHV International in June, 2019. Amber works as Office Manager at headquarters & Manager Human Resources for the entire organization and is responsible for the entire office management.
Prior to joining AHV, Amber has worked at ABN AMRO for 4 years.
“We believe in giving people a chance to develop themselves at AHV, both professionally and personally. I am proud to be able to contribute to one of AHV’s most important core values.”
Office Manager - Northern Ireland
Kate, who joined AHV in January 2020, works as Office Manager for UK & N.Ireland. Kate brings 14 years of experience in the international agri-business sector and co-ordinates the activities of the team of sales consultants.
Prior to AHV, Kate previously worked at Alltech for 11 years.
Office Manager - Germany
Office Manager - Italy
Office Manager - Ireland
Lauren joined AHV in September 2020. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to AHV having previously worked for many years in financial services & office admin. Lauren co-ordinates & supports the sales consultants at our office in the Republic of Ireland.
Office Manager - Serbia
Office Manager - Hongarije
Office Manager - France
Office Assistant - NL & BE
PhD, Lead Scientist - HQ
Since March 2020, Shaista has been working at AHV International as Lead Scientist. As Lead Scientist, Shaista is responsible for the developments within AHV at the modelling level which can lead to biological activities.
Before this, Shaista gained a lot of work experience in the pharma industry and at universities. From normal scientist to lead scientist, Shaista has worked at companies such as Neem Biotech Limited, Eurofins and Solvay.
“Working with an intriguing team at AHV and tremendous diversity in the projects has enhanced my drive in R&D and I feel to have found a perfect match with my skills & abilities. Together with my experience and the amazing platform I believe we at AHV can make a significant contribution to the innovation of a sustainable future for animal health.”
Veterinairy Application Expert - HQ
PhD, R&D - HQ
Since February 2020 Erwin works at the R&D department at AHV. Erwin has a lot of experience as a researcher. At AHV he is mainly involved in setting up and coordinating research. Supervising compositions, managing and supervising active substances.
Erwin previously worked at PolyVation as a Research Scientist and as a PhD researcher at the University of Twente.
“Working together with a scientific team towards animal health solutions, I am confident that AHV International contributes to a sustainable and better world.”
Veterinair Data Analist - HQ
Business Controller- HQ
Sebastiaan van der Klaauw
Financial Controller - HQ
Finance & Administration - HQ
Head of Finance - Croatia
Emil is Head of Finance of AHV Adria since October 2020. His tasks are finance reporting to all stakeholders, business analysis, budgeting and forecasting, administrative supervising, and all other finance matters. Previously, he worked in Norway for two years to track various construction projects, regarding cost and scheduling.
“I believe that my experience and love for numbers, combined with confidence in AHV’s solutions would help further development and growth of AHV. In my opinion, AHV is going to improve quality and sustainability of life.”
Japkje Ine Koning
Online Marketeer - HQ
Japkje Ine Koning joined AHV International in 2019 and took on the role of growing the AHV brand through its online channels. After her thesis research on AHV’s brand image, and graduating in the summer of 2020, she joined AHV on a full-time basis and continues to oversee and manage an international team and AHV’s collection of native channels.
Hailing from the beautiful province of Friesland in The Netherlands, she grew up on a farm. She studied Business Economy at Windesheim University of Applied Science in Zwolle, The Netherlands.
“I like how our organizations mentality is similar to what my father, a former dairy farmer, taught me when I grew up: Work hard every day, and achieve greatness with, and for your peers.”
Creative - HQ
Emma van Dijk
Marketing - NL & BE
Marketing - NL & BE
Marketing - UK & IR
Marketing - DE
Marketing - FR
Marketing - HQ
Administration Logistics - HQ
Administration Logistics - HQ
Production - HQ
Warehouse Manager - HQ
Production - HQ
Production - HQ
Production - HQ
Logistics - NL & BE
Logistics - NL & BE
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