Tigran Richter has been elected as the new president of the European Potato Trade Association Europatat, the association recently announced.
The new president was elected at the first physical meeting of Europatat’s General Assembly since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this meeting, held in the context of the World Potato Congress in Dublin, the association’s members elected a new board to lead the association for the coming years.
Richter is the director of German potato breeding company Norika and member of the association of German potato traders (Deutscher Kartoffelhandelsverband e.V., DKHV), has been a member of the Advisory Committee of Europatat since 2017 and is the outgoing chairman of the association’s Seed Commission. He replaces outgoing president Gilles Fontaine (Desmazières), who has led Europatat for the last four years. Europatat also announced that Heero Gramsma (Luonnosta) has been re-elected as Treasurer for a final mandate until 2026, while Domenico Citterio (Fruitimprese) remains as Vice-President until 2024.
The new president considers his election a sign of trust and confidence of the members and a recognition of his service as chairman of the Seed Commission. ‘It makes me proud to be the representative of such an important and active association as Europatat. I am convinced that almost 30 years of professional experience in the international potato business is a good basis for representing the interests of all members. I will support both the stable continuation of the successful work done in the past and the further development of our organisation to master the international challenges existing today and emerging in the future’, he states. Richter also welcomes the new strategy of the association for the period from 2022-2025, that was approved by the members during the meeting. This strategy describes a new vision and mission, as well as the key fields of action and priorities for the next three years. Newly elected as the Europatat president, Richter addressed the audience of the 11th World Potato Congress in Dublin, where he was invited to give the European perspective on where potato business will be in 5 years’ time.
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