CEFS General Assembly elects Paul Mesters as new President

22 June 2018: During the 2018 CEFS Congress in Valencia the CEFS General Assembly elected Paul Mesters for his first term as President of the association. Paul Mesters has been Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands’ sole sugar producer Suiker Unie since June 2017. Before that he was Production Director, R&D Director, and Marketing & Sales Manager (in reverse chronological order).

During his acceptance speech Mr Mesters recognised the challenges facing the industry. Yet he stressed that the EU sugar sector today is strong enough to survive, given the substantial improvements in competitiveness that have taken place in recent years.

Mr Mesters joined the CEFS Board of Directors in February 2018. He succeeds Johann Marihart, who served as President for seventeen years.