Brussels, 2nd November 2022 – CEMA, the European association representing the manufacturers of agricultural machinery, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jelte Wiersma as new Secretary General. A Dutch national, Mr. Wiersma joins CEMA following a 20 year career in journalism. Mr. Wiersma has been an EU Affairs Correspondent in Brussels since 2014. He is specialized in agriculture, international affairs and trade.
Jelte Wiersma commented: “I’m delighted to join a great team to represent the interests of Europe’s agricultural machinery industry at such a pivotal time. Seeking a proactive European agenda for the industry with the support of EU institutions and stakeholders will be a priority. Advanced Farm machinery and solutions are key enablers to deliver sustainable farming and global food security.”
Folllowing a transition period, Mr. Wiersma will succeed Mr. Jérôme Bandry on Friday the 16th of December 2022. CEMA President Thierry Krier said: “Mr Wiersma’s in-depth knowledge of European affairs and politics, extensive network of contacts within the EU institutions and Brussels stakeholders, communication and representation skills make him a great strategic fit for the position. He brings a long term personal and professional connection with agriculture as well as a great understanding of the related agricultural policies, technologies, societal and environmental challenges. I would very much like to thank Mr. Bandry for his leadership, his achievements, and his unremitting commitment to CEMA over the past 5 years. I wish him the very best for his future endeavors.”