Owen Willems Promoted to Global Director, Research & Development, and Innovation

Published on Feb. 29, 2024

Owen Willems Promoted to Global Director, Research & Development, and Innovation

After success leading the R&D efforts for Hybrid Turkeys, Owen Willems is promoted to Global Director, Research & Development, and Innovation for Hendrix Genetics. In his new role, set to transition later in 2024, Owen expands his impact to include influence over all species in the Hendrix Genetics portfolio.

Owen joined Hendrix Genetics in 2012, while completing his PhD at the University of Guelph (Canada). After his studies concluded, he joined the R&D team within Hybrid Turkeys on a full-time basis. Owen spent a rotational period in Europe working in the breeding programs of various species within Hendrix Genetics. He returned to Canada in 2015 and since then has been in BU Turkeys, improving the breeding program and delivering creative and innovative solutions and products for the industry.

Owen will be based at the Global Headquarters in The Netherlands. He and his family will relocate later this summer. He will remain fully connected and involved with Hybrid Turkeys as we transition to his successor.

Richard Maatman

Owen brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that has him well-positioned for success in this new role. We are excited to have him join the Hendrix Genetics Leadership Committee and Leadership Team as well to bring a new perspective to drive our business forward.

Richard Maatman
Richard Maatman

Please join us in congratulating Owen on his new role and wishing him all the best in his new position.

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