Stemilt's general manager retires
Hans van Someren Gréve joined Stemilt's board 20 years ago.
Hans van Someren Gréve
Photo courtesy Stemilt Growers, Inc.
Hans van Someren Gréve will retire as executive vice president and general manager of Stemilt Growers, Inc., Wenatchee, Washington, on December 10. He will remain on the board of directors.
Van Someren Gréve, son-in-law of company founder the late Tom Mathison, joined Stemilt’s board in 1991 and has worked for Stemilt full time since 1997. He spent the early part of his career at Stemilt traveling in Europe and Asia to meet with customers. He later became responsible for Stemilt’s Washington operations, including production, logistics, quality control, information technology, and human resources. During that time, Stemilt has evolved into one of the nation’s leading shippers of sweet cherries and organic tree fruits.
Van Someren Gréve attended college in the Netherlands and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. It was there that he met his future wife, Lavonne. He then spent 17 years working in the international business world before joining Stemilt.
Stemilt spokesperson Roger Pepperl said company president West Mathison would take over van Someren Gréve’s duties until the company appoints a successor.