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East-West Seed Announces New Public Affairs Head

Kanokwan (May) Chodchoey (Photo Source: East-West Seed)

East-West Seed has announced Kanokwan (May) Chodchoey as its new group head of public affairs, according to a release. She started the position as of Sept. 1, 2023. May brings expertise in stakeholder engagement, government relations, policy-making and public affairs management from her previous role as executive director and CEO of the Asia Pacific Seed Alliance (APSA).

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. May to East-West Seed,” said Maaike Groot, global head of communications and public affairs for East-West Seed. “Her arrival signals our strong ambition to build upon our reputation and know-how globally.” 

May’s new role will include “developing and implementing public affairs strategies and initiatives.” She will also advise on industry issues and policy changes with stakeholders.

“I’m delighted to take on the group head of public affairs role at East-West Seed and contribute my knowledge and experience toward enhancing the lives of smallholder farmers,” said May. “I look forward to collaborating with all our stakeholders to encourage meaningful and equitable engagement with farmers and external partners.”

Mary Ann Sayoc has been named as the new group head of partnerships and alliances as of Sept. 1. Sayoc will work on “identifying, developing and nurturing strategic connections” while representing East-West Seed in multilateral organizations.

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