One of Hendi UK’s founders, Rien De Vries, has passed away suddenly in his native Holland following a short illness.
Currently the Hendi group’s commercial director, Rien was instrumental in setting up Hendi UK at the beginning of this year.
Hendi UK MD Alex Shannon paid tribute to him, saying: “In the years that he worked at Hendi, and subsequently as a key member of the Hendi UK family, we came to know Rien as a cheerful, driven and inspiring person.
“His relentless energy was contagious and he was instrumental in the worldwide success of Hendi and, more recently, Hendi UK. Our thoughts are with his wife, children, family and friends at this sad time.”
Prior to joining Hendi in 2015, Rien had stints at companies including Vendrig, Europ Foods and Bidfood (Deli XL). He graduated from Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.