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Executive Board

Dirk Lansbergen

President

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Kees Cools

Vice President

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Klaus Heitlinger

Treasurer

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Dirk Lansbergen

Dirk Lansbergen became President of IFU in October 2014. The President is the highest elected position within the IFU. In collaboration with the board (Executive Committee) he determines the objectives and strategy of the Association and gives direction to the Executive Director.

Dirk started his career in the juice industry in 1993 and has since worked in Italy, Germany, Argentina, Austria and USA. Dirk currently works and lives in London, UK. Dirk holds a bachelor in economics and a master in finance & accountancy.

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Kees Cools

Kees Cools has been a member of IFU`s executive committee since 2005. Currently, he is IFU`s Vice President and allows the members to take advantage of his century-long expertise in the food and beverage market.

Today as an executive director of the Döhler Group, Kees is responsible for the company`s business unit Fruits & Vegetables which requires close and frequent contact with key people in the global ‘’Juice‘’ world, involving raw material producers, Juice beverage bottlers and consumer & retail marketing specialists.

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Klaus Heitlinger

Klaus Heitlinger was appointed Treasurer in October 2014 after being 2 years member of the Board.

Klaus is a graduate engineer in agriculture. He started his career in 1991. He was 14 years subject specialist on fruit juice, wine, cattle and meat at the Association of Agricultural Trade and Industry, Stuttgart. Since October 2008 he is managing director of the Association of the German Fruit Juice Industry, Bonn.

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Executive Board Regional Representatives and Past President

Don Sporn

Past President

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Jan Hermans

Western Europe

AIJN

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Natalia Ivanova

Russia

RSPS

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Demir Sarman

Eurasia and South Eastern Europe

Anadolu Etap

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Don Sporn

Donald Sporn has been a member of the IFU Executive Committee since 2008 serving in the roles of Vice President (2008-2011) and as President of IFU (2011-2014). He currently serves on the Executive Committee as the immediate Past President.Don holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Calvin College and a Master's Degree from Columbia University in Administration. He has been involved in the fruit juice industry in a variety of positions since 1980 and is a Past President of the U S National Juice Products Association (NJPA/JPA).

Don retired from Johanna Foods, Inc. in 2004 as Sr. Vice President and continues to do consulting within the industry.

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Jan Hermans

Jan HERMANS has been Secretary General of the AIJN. European Fruit Juice Association, since 1985.

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Natalia Ivanova

Natalia Ivanova holds the post of President of Russian Union of Juice Producers since 2009. By background Natalia is a Sanitary Doctor and worked for 10 years in a Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of protection of consumer rights and well-being. Her activities in juice industry started when she came to Multon (Coca Cola) in 2006 as a SRA Manager. Natalia is much involved in cooperation with state authorities in the sphere of technical regulations of food industry and regulations concerning healthy life style of human. Natalia supports and promotes culture of juice consumption in Russia.

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Demir Sarman

Mr. Sarman is the Chief Executive Officer of Anadolu Etap since its incorporation. At present, Anadolu Etap is the Largest Fruit Grower and the Fruit Juice Producer in Turkey. Following a financial audit and consultancy career at Arthur Andersen Turkey, Demir Şarman joined Anadolu Group’s Beverage Division, Anadolu Efes in 1997 Between 1997-2009 Mr. Sarman held several positions at Anadolu Efes including “CFO of Efes International” and “Group Strategy and Business Development Director”. At the beginning of 2010, Mr. Sarman was appointed as the General Manager of Anadolu Etap Company, established as a JV of Anadolu Group, Özgörkey Holding and Brazilian based Cutrale Group. Demir Şarman graduated from Middle East Technical University with BSc.Economics. He has an MBA degree from University of Chicago; and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Şarman is a board member at International Fruit Juice Association, and also at Fruit Juice Association (Meyed) and VP of TUSIAD’s Food & Agriculture Working Group and Chairman of Turkey-Brazil Business Council within DEIK.

Dianne Nury

North America

Juice Products Association (JPA) & Vie-Del Company

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Monther Al Harthi

Middle East & Africa

Arab Beverages Association (ABA) & Al Rabie

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Yuval Katzir

Middle East & Africa

Citrus Products Board of Israel & Gan Shmuel Foods

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Peter Gates

Oceania

Directus Group

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Dianne Nury

Ms. Dianne S. Nury serves as the Chief Executive Officer & President of Vie-Del, a family-owned winery, distillery and fruit juice processor in Fresno, California.

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Monther Al Harthi

Obtained the bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Portland State University - Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. in 1980 and Masters Degree in International Business from South Western University - Washington D.C., U.S.A. in 1983. Joined Al-Rabie Saudi Foods Co. Ltd. In 1984, and since 1997 working as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.

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Yuval Katzir

Yuval Katzir is Chief Financial Officer & Controller at Galtronics Ltd. and Chief Scientist at Gan Shmuel Foods Ltd. In the past Mr. Katzir occupied the position of Chief Financial Officer for Baylin Technologies, Inc. Mr. Katzir received an undergraduate degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

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Peter Gates

Peter Gates has been a member of the IFU executive committee since 2016 and active participant on the legislation committee, a juice career veteran having spent over 20 years within Australia’s biggest juice processor and leading brand owner, which culminated in having total responsibilities for 5 manufacturing facilities . Most recently as CEO of the Directus Group a passionate regional advocate of the industry and broader food and beverage industry.

Commission Chairs

Romana Vanova-Hrncirik

Legislation Commission

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Mikko Hofsommer

Methods of Analysis Commission

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Mario Gozzi

Science & Technology Commission

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David Berryman

Marketing Commission

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Andreas Politzer

Microbiological Working Group

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Staff

John Collins

Executive Director

John was appointed Executive Director in July 2015. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the IFU as delegated by the Board (Executive Committee). He is in charge of the co-ordination of all activities and its Commissions. The ED develops the membership base of the organisation, publicising and promoting activities both within the IFU as well as with external bodies. He represents the Association and its members with other organisations, industry, Governments, public agencies, media and the public.

John has held various technical and industry association positons within the juice industry for over 27 years. He graduated with an honours degree in food technology in 1988.

Maria Schlaffer

Marketing Director

Maria was appointed Marketing Director of the International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association in May 2016. She is responsible for marketing projects, public relations, event organization, social media and member relations.

Prior to joining the IFU, Maria worked as executive assistant for the commercial director of one of the leading orange processing companies.