Dr. Hagen Duenbostel

Dr. Hagen Duenbostel (born 1970) has been Chief Executive Officer of KWS in Einbeck since January 2015. He laid the foundation for assuming such a position at an early stage in his professional career: After graduating with a degree in business management from the University of Passau in 1995, he gained his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Göttingen.

KWS is an independent, family-oriented and value-oriented company. This includes thinking in terms of generations and doing business sustainably.
Dr. Hagen Duenbostel, Spokesman of the Executive Board of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA



Dr. Hagen Duenbostel has been Chief Executive Officer since 2015. He is responsible for Corn China/Asia, Corn North America, and Group Strategy.


He is appointed to the Board of Directors of Hero AG, Lenzburg, Switzerland

2005 (to 2009)

He begins his involvement in the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations.


He is appointed to KWS’ Executive Board.


He moves to KWS, where he takes over as manager of a newly founded subsidiary three years later.


He starts his career in the auditing department at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG in Hanover, marking a return to Lower Saxony for the man who hails from Hanover.

Digging deeper: Dr. Hagen Duenbostel about ...

...independence and values

“KWS has been an independent, values-based family company for more than 160 years. Thinking in terms of generations and working with sustainability are part and parcel of that. The objective of the families who own the company is to pass on what they’ve built to the next generation. That is the attitude we practice. It shapes the company and enables lasting and profitable growth.”

… what makes KWS so special

“As a seed specialist, KWS creates additional choices when it comes to using seed. We are also distinguished by a special ownership structure: After conversion of the company into a partnership limited by shares, the majority of the shares are held by the families Büchting and Arend Oetker. That independence and our respect for our farmers’ entrepreneurial decisions are what makes us so unique. Our independence gives us the freedom to conduct intensive research and develop new varieties."

… close attachment to agriculture

“KWS has its roots in agriculture and so offers seed from agriculture for agriculture. Farmers need to be seen as equal partners in society. Consumers worldwide are demanding a reduction in the use of chemical pesticide, yet farmers are expected to grow more and more produce that is also of better quality. So breeding high-performance plants is vital.”

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