Philips Lighting expands North America Horticulture LED team

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Philips Lighting expands North America Horticulture LED team

Philips Lighting announces the addition of two staff members to its Horticulture LED Solutions business unit in North America. Ries Neuteboom and Jan Chechalk both focus on high-wire fruits and vegetable food crops as part of the North America support team. Neuteboom is working as Key Account Manager and Chechalk as Plant Specialist in tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. “I am happy to add both Ries and Jan to the team in North America,” said Ron DeKok, Director of North America Horticulture at Philips Lighting. “Ries has a wealth of experience working with innovative growers in Europe that have already adopted LED technology, and can offer his LED technical expertise and seamlessly transfer this knowledge to North American growers.” Neuteboom has worked at Philips Lighting since 2013, where he was Key Account Manager for the Benelux region of Philips Lighting Horticulture. Under his leadership in the Benelux region, Neuteboom helped the adoption of horticulture light technology for commercial growers. In his new duties he is responsible for western North America of the high-wire fruits and vegetables, soft fruits, lettuce and leafy greens, and specialty crops segments. Neuteboom is a graduate of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chechalk comes to Philips Lighting with extensive experience in vegetative crops, working at both Amco (tomatoes) and W Martens Greenhouses (high-wire and traditional cucumbers) in his native Ontario, Canada. He has also worked in ornamental crop production at the Ontario greenhouse firms Lakeshore, Bayview and Cederway Floral. Chechalk completed the Greenhouse Technician program at Niagara College. “As the newest addition to the Philips global team of plant specialists, Jan’s education and years of hands-on greenhouse experience give him insight into and understanding of the challenges that growers face when trying to optimize crop production,” DeKok said. “Now he can share with growers the proven benefits that LED lighting brings to high-wire crops.” For more information: Philips www.philips.com/horti 4/6/2018 Scotts Miracle-Gro passes tax cut benefits on to employees 4/6/2018 A look inside Continental Breeding’s showroom in Ecuador 4/6/2018 US: 1-800-Flowers CEO sells $190,000 in stock 4/6/2018 The ‘secrets’ of Colombian competitiveness 4/5/2018 Heliospectra appoints Magnus Svensson as new CFO 4/5/2018 "Kenyan flower farm sends 2,500 workers home" 4/5/2018 Netherlands: New business premises Verver Export opened 4/5/2018 "Hy-pe is rapidly gaining popularity" 4/4/2018 Kenya: Oserian Flowers diversifies commercial activities 4/4/2018 USA Bouquet Company joins forces with Dutch Flower Group’s Retail Division 4/4/2018 US (PA): Dillon Floral joins International Floral Distributors 4/3/2018 Combining ideas, inspiration, decoration materials and plants 4/3/2018 NL: Coloríginz opens new office 3/30/2018 NL: GenNovation appoints Bart Brugmans as R&D-program manager 3/30/2018 Next newsletter on Tuesday April 3 3/30/2018 UK: Tyne Moulds’ Vertical Planter Green Wall finalist RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2018 3/29/2018 NL: Epicenter of the amaryllis bulb in ‘s-Gravenzande 3/29/2018 Royal van Zanten Uganda turns plastic into bricks 3/28/2018 A display full of mini plants 3/28/2018 Certis Europe and Spiess-Urania Chemicals merge Name * Email * City * Country […]