International Association of Horticultural Producers elect Oosterom and Tim Edwards

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has elected Bernard Oosterom as its new President.

Bernard Oosterum
Bernard Oosterum

The announcement is made following the 67th Annual Congress held in Stresa, Italy, last week. 

During the Congress Tim Edwards from the United Kingdom, was elected as the second AIPH vice-president alongside Professor Qixiang Zhang from China. Also Gijs Kok, director of corporate affairs at FloraHolland in The Netherlands, has joined the AIPH Board as a representative of his region.

As a potted plant grower and board member of several organisations within the ornamental sector, Oosterom, from The Netherlands, has been involved in international cooperation across the horticultural industry for many years.

He is chairman of the Dutch Council for Cooperatives (NCR), chairman of the Dutch Flower Auctions Association (VBN), chairman of the Supervisory Board of FloraHolland and has been vice-president of AIPH and chairman of the AIPH Novelty Protection Committee for the last three years. His past roles include being a Board Member of the Flower Council in Holland (BBH).

Oosterom said: "AIPH is and wants to be an organisation of and for growers and growers associations. From that perspective I’m honored to be the next president of AIPH. Together with our staff and all of you involved I’m sure that we can move AIPH in the right direction in the coming years."

Among his aims for AIPH are to make it a global resource for promoting Green Cities, promoting international horticultural exhibitions, collating and disseminating data and information on the international ornamental horticultural industry, and further developing the association’s valuable network.

He added: "I will do my utmost to serve AIPH and help growers worldwide to strengthen their businesses and their added value to the world."

Oosterom replaces Vic Krahn from Canada who has served as president since 2012. Commenting on Vic Krahn’s past leadership he said: "On behalf of all our members and myself I’d like to express our thanks for your inspiring leadership, inspiration, commitment and of course friendship."

Krahn was presented with the prestigious AIPH gold medal in recognition for his services to AIPH.

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