AGRAVIS: Change of management at the beginning of 2017

Andreas Rickmers will become the new Chief Executive of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, having its headquarters in Münster and Hanover, as from 1 January 2017. The 51-year-old executive has just been appointed a Member of the Executive Board by the Supervisory Board of the agricultural trading and service organisation, and will become a Member of AGRAVIS’ Executive Board as from 1 September 2016. Andreas Rickmers at the moment still holds the position of Divisional Head of the European agricultural activities of Cargill, having its registered office in Geneva/Switzerland.

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Dr Clemens Große Frie (l) and Andreas RickmersAGRAVIS: Change of management at the beginning of 2017
Dr Clemens Große Frie (l) and Andreas Rickmers

“This means that we have clearly solved the important question of who to appoint as the successor to the position of CEO at an early stage, providing a solid sense of direction – as is usual at AGRAVIS – in our farming-driven business”, states Franz-Josef Holzenkamp in his capacity as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and adds: “Andreas Rickmers joins AGRAVIS as an internationally experienced executive, who will continue to take AGRAVIS’ existing corporate philosophy and its solid and profitable growth strategy a step further, and is, in our opinion, an excellent match with a view to the requirements of AGRAVIS in regard to filling the position of CEO.”

Andreas Rickmers will take over as CEO from Dr Clemens Große Frie, who has been successfully managing the AGRAVIS group since it was established in 2004, and, during this period, has led it to become a € 7 billion company with a sound equity base, financial power and customer orientation. Franz-Josef Holzenkamp, however, also emphasises the following: “There is still a full financial year ahead of us before said age-related change in management occurs, a year in which we will rely very much on Dr Große Frie, to steer AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG securely and orderly in a forward-looking, entrepreneurial-minded and responsible manner going forward, accompanying it during its changeover to the next generation of management.”