Team

The Planting Naturals Team is a seasoned team of professionals in scaling businesses and leading sustainable systems. Operating in various countries on different continents and communicating in multiple languages, the Planting Naturals Team is a global organization aligned around a common vision of proving palm can be grown for good.

Management Team

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Jan Hein De Vroe

Managing Director

Jan Hein is an experienced and down-to-earth all-around (financial) entrepreneur with a can-do attitude, overview, knowledge and ideas to grow and improve businesses and people. He has a proven record of making a difference in past assignments and lives by the motto “Attitude determines altitude.”

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Kevin Godlington

Managing Director

Kevin Godlington is Managing Director of Planting Naturals, organic and sustainable palm oil producer and trader, and CEO of Organic Animal Nutrition, a global organic animal feed company with innovative and novel nutritional feeds for ruminants, swine, poultry and aquaculture.

Kevin specialises in managing day to day upstream operations in Sierra Leone, supporting the network of farmers and partners in innovating organic farming husbandry and policing the complex supply chain during nurseries development, land preparation, harvesting and collection and the refining processes until the finished product arrives in Europe.

Kevin is the founder of a number of companies, building sustainable agriculture and cooperatives in Sierra Leone and Africa. He is formerly a member of the British Foreign Office working in highly complex post conflict stabilisation, including 12 years with the British Army and UK Special Forces. Kevin is co-founder of the national charity Tickets for Troops and was an adviser to David Cameron during his time as Prime Minister.

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Rob van Spronsen

Group Financial Controller

Rob has been the company’s Financial Controller since 2015. Together with the Finance team in Amsterdam, he manages Finance for Europe and Africa. After working hours he spends a lot of time on sports. Running, cycling, BootCamp - he does it all to keep in shape. On the weekends he tries to be a chef. While he's not sure he's a good chef, he loves trying to be one.

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Virgil Esajas

Commercial Manager

Virgil is a young family man who likes to travel the world. Virgil is our Commercial Manager – Internal Sales. He has a degree in International Business Management, but more importantly the international most beautiful daughter to take care of. Furthermore, he takes care of our operations, product pricing, planning and monitoring over 300 container shipments each year. He's part of the food safety team and the first person to pick up the phone.

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Kalindi Lorenzo

Sustainability Coordinator

Speaks kiwi. Lives in the Netherlands only because eating pancakes for dinner here is acceptable. Once correctly guessed the number of jelly beans in a jar.

Number of goats owned: 0.
Number of goats photographed: 67.

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Tom Hersbach

Junior Sustainability Coordinator

Tom is the newest member of the Planting Naturals team and the Junior Sustainability Coordinator. With a master's degree in Environmental Sciences, sustainability or sustainable agriculture is right in his wheelhouse.