Dr. Johan A.M. van Arendonk is Chief Innovation & Technology Officer at Hendrix Genetics (Boxmeer, Netherlands-EU) a global multi-species animal breeding, genetics and technology company. Hendrix Genetics has breeding programs in turkeys, layers, guinea fowl, swine, salmon, trout and shrimp with operations in 24 countries. Johan contributes to strengthening the research and product development activities in these species. Prior to joining Hendrix Genetics, he was full professor and dean of sciences at Wageningen University. His research focussed on quantitative genetics and the impact on novel technologies on breeding schemes. Over time, he changed from doing research himself to coaching people involved in research and training. He played an active role in coaching a new generation of scientists by supervising over 90 PhD candidates. Dr van Arendonk obtained his PhD in Animal Breeding in 1985 at Wageningen University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Bavel a small village in the South of The Netherlands where is interest in livestock improvement started.