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Senior management

Senior management

Work Experience

Managing director and change manager with wide and successful experience in Multinationals and middle-sized international companies in industrial sectors.
Hands-on problem solver with a high rate of achievement and an appetite for new challenges. Specialises in organic growth and operational excellence. Solid track record in improving commercial and operational results.
Focus on building high-performing, well balanced and transparent organizations with a strong market orientation.
Relates easily to other cultures and all organizational levels. Internationally available, relocation possible.

Examples of successful projects/programs
• Development and implementation of strategic business plans (scope: 1 – 5 years).
• Turnaround-, cost-reduction & restructuring programs.
• Change business model and culture (e.g. from product - to customer based).
• Business expansion & capital investment programs.
• Business excellence & efficiency improvement programs.
• Introduce organizational corporate programs/systems (e.g. MRP II, ISO)


Axel Christiensson B.V. - lubricants
Customers: (major) oil companies, lubricant suppliers, OEM’s and wholesalers.

2006 - present Managing Director.
• Define strategy, objectives and operational plans to grow turnover and volume (organic growth 2008: + 24%).
• Restructure and form a best in class management team.
• Improve the operational result (Ebitda 2006: 3% to 2007:9 %).
• Change the dominant business model from production based to service based.
• Introduction of Key Account Management and an ‘Operational Excellence’ program.

Biesterfeld Nederland B.V - bulk & specialty chemicals
Customers: Chemical industrie, coatings, automotive.

2003-2006 Managing Director, P&L responsibility for the Benelux subsidiary
• Set up policies, budgets and investment programs aimed at growth and cost control.
• Supervise sales of large toll-manufacturing projects to key-customers.
• Re-define the market strategy and culture.
• Transfer part of the commercial activities externally (disinvestment program).

2000-2003 Site Operations Manager, responsible for manufacturing, maintenance and projects.
• Negotiate with authorities and Works Council. Initiate change processes.
• Turn around a loss in 2003 to a profit in 2004 by restructuring the organization based on a flat and flexible structure (cost -38 %).
• Establish a three-year investment program aiming at process optimization.
• Identify and exploit economies of scale in purchasing (NW-Europe).
• Improve internal and outbound logistics (order cycle time -60 %).

Cytec Industries B.V - specialty chemicals
Customers: paper-, water-, mining- and plastics industry.

1996-2000 Plant manager WWTP/Manager safety, quality, environment and training
• Restructure site processes and implemented self-directed teams as a member of the turn-around team (operating cost -30%).
• Implement ‘in depth selling’ (cross-functional customer approach).
• Implement ERP/Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRPII-class A).
• Transform the WWT-plant into a professionally operated plant (operating cost -18%).

Engelhard Terneuzen B.V - refining catalysts
Customers: Oil companies, refineries.

1995-1996 Operations Manager.
• Restructure site processes with the re-engineering team, resulting in a 10% cost reduction by integrating staff jobs into the line organization and the restructuring of the purchasing process.
• Establish a corporate Exceptional Quality (TQM) program on site.

1991-1995 Manager Safety, Quality and Environment responsible for initiating and leading major change processes.
• Member of the international corporate audit team.
• Lead the design and implementation of the ISO 9000/ISO 14000 managementsystem.
• Establish new outlets for secondary products.

Akzo Nobel - specialty chemicals and coatings
Customers: Chemical industry, Detergent industry.
1989-1991 Manager kwaliteit en milieu.
1986-1989 Coördinator ICT.
1981-1986 Lab supervisor.



Post graduate
Key Account Leadership, Erasmus Univ. (2008)
Logistic management, HES Rotterdam (2000)
Environmental management, PBNA Utrecht (1994)
Quality Engineering, Hogeschool Utrecht (1993)

Master of Business Administration, Teesside/The Hague Univ. (1998)

Poly-tech. university
ICT/Computer science, NOVI Utrecht (1991)
Chemical Engineering, HTS Dordrecht (1981)

Training & Additional skills(max. 10 days )

• Business Excellence
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Change leadership & management
• Negotiation skills
• Team composition & team buiding
• Media-training
• Communication psychology
• Decision making analysis
• World Class Manufacturing
• Lean Management
• Safety Management
• Lead Auditor

PC skills
• SAP R3, MS office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


• Business evaluation and setting a course.
• Turnaround-, change- & improvement management.
• Procesmanagement.
• Building and coaching management teams and professionals.
• Business Excellence (High Performing Organizations) and World Class Manufacturing.




Dutch CV on request (e-mail).


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