‘I joined Wageningen Ambassadors out of an emotional attachment to the old University of Agriculture and because I believe that a good positioning is important for Wageningen University. Membership of this platform enables me to contribute to this, amid and with “old Wageningers”.'
'Membership of this platform enables me to contribute to this, amid and with “old Wageningers”.'
After leaving the University of Applied Sciences for Agriculture in Dronten, Johan Lokhorst became a student at Wageningen University, graduating in Agrarian Economics in 1980. His first job was at Unilever, where he held various positions for the Unox and Zwan brands. In 1985, he was appointed commercial deputy director at Recticel, manufacturer of foam products, and became CEO three years later. He was then appointed director of the poultry company Plukon, where the Friki brand was further extended under his leadership. In 1995, Lokhorst switched companies, assuming first the position of Managing Director at Coberco Dairy Cooperative, and then joining the Executive Board of Friesland Coberco Dairy Foods in 1997, where he was responsible for the consumer divisions. After leaving Friesland Coberco in 1999, he was asked to take on the job of interim CEO at Koninklijke Peijnenburg. This led to a management buyout in 2000. Johan has owned Wolferen arable farm in Andelst since 1976 and is active in the equestrian sector as a breeder of KWPN (Dutch Warmblood) horses, amongst other things.
Johan holds various additional posts, including Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association).