Hortfin, the first ring-fenced loan facility of the fruit and wine industry value chain, has appointed Michael Brinkhuis as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Brinkhuis, who qualified as a horticulturist and holds a Masters degree in Agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch, has worked in agriculture research, retail and development and has lectured in Horticulture and Environmental Studies.
Hortfin Chairman, Tshililo Ramabulana, said that Brinkhuis has demonstrated his ability to work successfully in different environments throughout his career. “He has designed leading strategies which resulted in impressive value creation. I, for one, am looking forward to working with him in creating the next successful transformation chapter of the fruit and wine industries.”
Hortgro Operational Manager and Interim Hortfin Manager, Mariette Kotze, said that they were excited about the appointment of Brinkhuis as the CEO of Hortfin. “He is well-known and respected within the agricultural community. His experience, skills, and attitude will result in favourably positioning Hortfin to enable inclusive growth within both the deciduous fruit and wine industries.”
Brinkhuis has for the latter part of his career leant towards the public sector, and spent the last four and half years as CEO of a state-owned entity responsible for agriculture and economic development programmes.
“My goal is to strive for development and sustainability in endeavours and creating partnerships aimed at augmenting initiatives,” Brinkhuis said. He is an outdoors person who enjoys nature, sports and reading.