Thanks and houdoe!

  • On 27 February at Floriade 2012 in Venlo, The Netherlands, Frans Brienen said farewell as chairman of C4C and Funghi. A symposium entitled “The unlimited possibilities of mushrooms” was organized in his honor and prior to his farewell reception.

    Around 250 guests gathered in the congress centre at the world horticulture expo to listen to three speakers; futurologist Adjiedj Bakas, Han Wösten, who has a chair in Microbiology and Godert Tegelberg, chairman of the board at C4C Holding.

    At the farewell reception after the symposium Rian Verwoert of C4C, Robert Jacobs of Funghi, Bart Sterckx of Mushroom Promotion Foundation and Rob Schipper of C4C all praised the leadership qualities of Brienen and his many efforts for the industry. Brienen was decorated with the national service medal ‘Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau’, in recognition of his impressive service record.

    In the coming months Frans Brienen will be handing over his tasks to Frans van Dijck (the new Funghi chairman) and Cor Beerepoot. Beerepoot has been proposed (and elected - on 14 June) as the new chairman of the CNC cooperative. Voting did not have to take place regarding the chairmanship of Rian Verwoert (supervisory board).

    For a full report on the symposium and reception, see Mushroom Business 53 / Paddestoelen 3 / Wydanie Polskie 22.

    The symposium was very well attended.
    Rian Verwoert, member, now chairman, of the supervisory board at C4C, compared Frans
    Adjiedj Bakas in action.
    Han Wösten of the University of Utrecht.
    Coffee at the reception.
    At the reception: Wout van Lieshout (l) talks to Jan Pijnenborg, the predecessor of Frans Brienen as chairman of CNC.
    Robert Jacobs from Funghi spoke about the immense efforts of Brienen for the growers’ association.
    Board member of the Mushroom Promotion Foundation, Bart Sterckx.
    Most gifts were donated to the Cancer Fund, but Brienen was offered something for himself as well; a free trip to the 18th ISMS congress in Beijing, China in August.
    Family members on the floor.
    Brienen was knighted by Jos de Graaf, deputy mayor of Boxmeer.
    Brienen with his wife Els, listening to the speeches.
    ‘Thanks and houdoe’.
    In line for congratulations.
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