The International Seed Federation wrapped up the business portion of its 2016 World Seed Congress today with a general assembly where delegates voted in a new president — Jean-Christophe Gouache of Limagrain.

Gouache will serve a two-year term as president. In this role, he will be responsible for implementing the ISF 2020 plan, which focuses on innovation, the movement of seed, intellectual property rights, biodiversity and engagement.

A member of the seed industry for 35 years, Gouache is familiar with the issues of the seed industry. Within Limagrain, he is vice president for international affairs and chairman of the Scientific Affairs Committee. Additionally, he has served on the Executive Committee since 1998.

“First, I would like to thank you for the trust you expressed in nominating me as your president for the next two years. It’s an honor for me to serve ISF and to serve the global seed industry,” Gouache said. “Now that we have our ISF strategic objectives in place, along with an organized vision and mission, we are in a much stronger position going forward.”

As first vice president, Gouache was responsible for leading the development of the ISF Strategic Objectives: 2016-2020. He credits Alvaro Eyzaguirre’s, ISF president 2014-16, foresight for creating increased continuity and a seamless transition.

“The work of ISF can only be as strong as the participation of its members,” he says. “As your new president, I’m counting on your support during the coming years. I look forward to taking on the tasks you have asked of me.”

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