The Executive Board has appointed Professor Jack van der Vorst (1970) as General Director of the Social Sciences Group with effect from 15 September 2015. He will succeed Laan van Staalduinen, who is stepping down from the position on 15 September. Professor Van der Vorst has been chair holder of the Operations Research and Logistics Group at Wageningen University since 2005.
During his career as a professor, Van der Vorst has designed and headed countless national and international research projects, collaborating with other national and international universities, agrofood companies and government organisations. Many of these projects also involved other Sciences Groups at Wageningen UR.
In 1994, Van der Vorst completed an MSc (cum laude) in Agro-Logistics Management at Wageningen University, which awarded him a PhD in 2000. From 2001 to 2005 he worked at the consultancy firm Rijnconsult.