Management team

The AGRO Merchants executive leadership team is well recognized throughout the global cold chain industry for their extensive design, build, management, and operational expertise that spans North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Carlos Rodriguez

Chief Executive Officer

Carlos is one of the founders of AGRO Merchants Group and brings more than 24 years of leadership experience in the supply chain industry. Prior to partnering with Oaktree, Carlos was a member of the Americold Executive Team with global responsibility for Solutions, Engineering, Planning & Development. Previous positions also include a number of operational and project management roles in several European countries, the U.S., and Mexico, followed by global functional responsibility in the automotive and high-tech logistics industries. Carlos holds an MSc in Transport and Logistics from the School of Engineering & Technology Management, Liverpool John Moores University. Served as Merchant Marine Officer and Navy Officer (Spanish Armed Forces).

Arjan Kaaks

Chief Financial Officer

Arjan joined AGRO Merchants Group as CFO in 2017, and brings some 25 years experience in FMCG, retail and distribution/logistics, working in international environments, and living in various countries. Following a 12 years career with Unilever, he became a CFO and Executive Team member with companies such as Royal Grolsch, O’Neill, Maxeda and Ceva Logistics, familiarizing himself with both listed as well as privately / private equity owned business governance. Arjan received an MA in Economics and Finance from Groningen University and a Postgraduate degree in Controlling and Finance from Free University Amsterdam.

Dave Moore

President North America

Dave joins AGRO Merchants Group with more than 25 years of leadership experience in supply chain and operations. Most recently, Dave served as Vice President, Operations – Inbound to Manufacturing at DHL Supply Chain, where he led all aspects of regional business operations. Prior to that, Dave was Regional Vice President at Americold with overall responsibility for 36 locations in the Central United States. Dave also held leadership roles at Ryder Logistics and Daimler Chrysler. He earned his Bachelor in Arts in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University, an MBA from the University of Detroit, and was a faculty member at the IARW.

Hans Kroes

President Europe

Hans joined AGRO in July 2017 as Managing Director, Iberia and in July 2018 was promoted to President, Europe. In addition to logistics and operations, Hans brings to the team a wealth of business integration and human resources expertise. Prior to joining AGRO, Hans was CEO of Kloosterboer, a cold storage and logistics provider. Professional experience during the last 25 years also includes COO and other positions in several multinational companies. Hans earned a degree from Haarlem Business School has held Board positions with Nekovri and the GCCA. Achievements include representing the Dutch swimming team in the Olympic games in 1984 and 1988.

Mike Bender

General Counsel

Mike is the General Counsel of AGRO Merchants Group with global responsibility for legal and compliance matters. Mike has more than 20 years of in-house and law firm experience across a range of industries with a focus on M&A and complex corporate transactions. Prior to joining AGRO, Mike was General Counsel and head of Corporate Development for Hanley Wood, a leading B2B media and information services company that is owned by affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management. He also worked at Latham & Watkins, and prior to that Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Mike received his BA in Philosophy from The University of Chicago and his JD with honors from Columbia Law School.

Chad Reuschel

Chief Information Officer

Chad joined AGRO Merchants Group in 2015 and has global responsibility for Information Technology. Chad brings some 25 years experience in IT and Systems within the manufacturing and supply chain industries. This includes a number of leadership roles with global scope, previously served as Senior VP of Information Technology at Americold, VP of Applications at Syncreon and several Managerial positions at Magna Donnelly. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Hope College.

Monique Bakker

EVP Human Resources

Monique joined AGRO in February 2018 and is since July of that year a member of the executive team with overall responsibility for the company’s Human Resources function and bringing new strategies and best practices to the organization. Monique brings to AGRO more than 25 years of HR management experience. She has worked in a wide range of industries across multiple countries and regions, these include cold storage, retail and FMCG. Monique’s expertise includes change management, talent development, and integration. Monique earned a BA degree in Management, Economics and Law, and an MBA in Marketing and Sales.