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UTZ – New members appointed to the Supervisory Board

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The UTZ Supervisory Board, a multi-stakeholder body which consists of members representing producers, the supply chain (including brands, processors, trade, and retailers), civil society/non-governmental organization and representative trade unions, recently underwent some changes in its composition.

Juan Esteban Orduz and Vanusia Nogueira have been appointed as members of the UTZ Supervisory Board. Juan Esteban and Vanusia will be taking the places of Adriana Mejía Cuartas and Carlos Brando who both stepped down after serving the maximum number of terms in the Supervisory Board. On behalf of the entire organization we would like to thank Adriana and Carlos for their invaluable contribution over the last six years.

Juan Esteban Orduz is currently the President of Colombian Coffee Federation, Inc. the North America subsidiary of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC) which represents more than 563 thousand families in Colombia dedicated to growing coffee.

Besides heading FNC’s activities and businesses in the North-American market, Juan Esteban’s experience includes, among others, having served as board member, trustee or advisor in different companies and non-profit organizations. He brings more than a decade of experience in coffee and sustainability, as well as in international trade and investment, in Colombia, Europe as well as North America.

Vanusia Nogueira, daughter of a coffee producer herself, works as the Executive Director of BSCA – the Brazil Specialty Coffee Association, focusing on management and promotion issues of a wide variety of Brazilian coffees, from smaller family run farms to big estates coffee, Arabica as well as Robusta.

During the past years Vanusia had the opportunity to work with many of the sustainability procedures in Brazil including certification processes, and with the entire coffee supply chain in Brazil, including producers, exporters, roasters, coffee shops, baristas and government. Vanusia is also responsible for the coordination of the Brazilian international coffee promotion.

The Supervisory Board meets a minimum of three times a year, oversees the Executive Team and, for a number of important matters, the Supervisory Board’s approval is required before the Executive Team can pass resolutions.

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