Work History

Work History
Oct 2009 - May 2012

V.P. Business Development and Corporate Strategy

W.C. Bradley Co.

Privately owned USA based company active in the outdoor leisure products business. Most of the sales are historically and currently in the USA, a mature market. As member of the group executive committee and reporting to the CEO responsible for:- International inorganic growth business opportunities encompassing screening, identification, valuation, due diligence and negotiation. Realized two beachhead acquisitions in Europe and established contacts with five strategic acquisition targets.- The preparation of a $30 million market-entry business plan in P.R. China.- Coordination of the five-year strategic plan with emphasis on adjacent growth initiatives beyond the core business.- Identification of potential acquisition or partnership targets to realize growth in adjacent businesses.

Mar 2007 - Oct 2009

CFO Asia-Pacific Healthcare Division

Agfa-Gevaert Group

The ASPAC region consisted of 9 sales organisations, $200 million turnover and 250 employees. Responsible for Finance, Informatics, Supply Chain and Procurement, the main challenges were:

- Set up separate legal entities in 7 countries.

- Start up financial, legal, IT, supply chain and procurement activities in 10 countries.

- Manage transition from the existing IT platforms to a new SAP release in 6 countries.

- Outsource accounting business processes in 6 countries. These 4 tasks were accomplished in 10 months time.

- Restructure operations in 3 countries in the context of a global cost saving project. Costs went down by 20%.

- Optimize cash flows through strict working capital policies.utsource accounting business processes in 6 countries.

A detailed overview of these accomplishments has been published in the Chinese edition of InformationWeek (July 2008) (transcript upon request). 
Oct 2001 - Mar 2007

Investor Relations Officer

Agfa-Gevaert Group

Belgian-German group realizing at that time €3 billion ($3.9 billion) sales with a €2.6 billion ($3.4 billion) market capitalization, 14,000 employees in 40 countries and one of the leading imaging companies in the world. Reporting to the CEO and CFO of the group the main duties were:

- Present group results and management’s viewpoints and strategy to the sell- and buy-side analysts. In 2004, the Belgian association of Financial Analysts nominated the IR activities as one of the top 5 in Belgium.

- Coordinate contacts with the retail investors. In 2002, Agfa-Gevaert won the prize for Best Belgian Investor Relations (Cash! Magazine).

- Monitor the sustainability indicators of the group (ecology, social responsibility, ethical standards, corporate

governance...).

- Implement a new Power of Attorney policy in the group. 

Aug 1999 - Oct 2001

F&A Manager

Agfa-Gevaert Group

Start-up manager of a local affiliate after the IPO of the Agfa-Gevaert group, with principal tasks: - Acquire and integrate the business activities from the affiliate of another European multinational group. - Build a professional team in all Finance and Administration areas. - Set up the local legal and financial framework of the new company. - Introduce internal controlling procedures in line with the guidelines of corporate headquarters. - Establish fair human resources and rewarding policies for 40 local employees. - Implement a hands-on ERP software system. 
Aug 2000 - Oct 2001

General and Finance Manager in a crisis situation

Agfa-Gevaert Group

Crisis manager in the local affiliate in a post-fraud environment:

- Re-establishing confidence with personnel, clients, banks and suppliers.

- Implementing internal control procedures.

- Restoring financial stability. 

Aug 1990 - Aug 1999

Various F&A and General Management positions

Sandoz-Clariant Group

Various F&A and General Management positions in the following affiliates:

- F&A management in Colombia, after a major acquisition (1997-1999)

- F&A and General Management in Colombia (1995-1997)

- F&A management in Venezuela (1994-1995)

- assistant F&A management in Colombia (1993-1994)

- Controller in Belgium (1990-1993)

Education

Education
Jun 1988 - Jun 1990

Master of Business Administration

Oct 1979 - Sep 1983

Master of Arts

Rijksuniversiteit Gent

Major Achievements

  • International business development of a consumer products company.

  • Entrepreneurial start up of operations in Asia-Pacific.

  • Crisis management in a foreign environment (Latin America and Asia-Pacific).

  • Achievement of headquarters’ objectives in various business cultures (Latin America and Asia-Pacific).

  • People management in 6 Asia-Pacific and 3 Latin American countries.

  • Consolidation of different divisional and functional priorities into one corporate strategy.

  • Communication of financial and strategic results to shareholders. 

Additional Information

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:

- Wharton Business School: Mergers & Acquisitions Program (2010)

- University of Antwerp - Management School: Financial Management (2001- 2002) and IAS/IFRS (2005)

PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS:

- Panel member as expert on Outsourcing of Shared Service Centres on a CFO conference organized by the magazine CFO (the Economist group) and IBM in Shanghai (March 4, 2009)- Keynote speaker about Outsourcing of Shared Service Centres at the seminar “Next generation accounts and finance shared services excellence” (Marcus Evans) in Shanghai (February 23-24, 2009)- Featured in the July 2008 edition of InformationWeek in China. 

- Author of “Personeelsbeleid” – chapter “Assessment Center Methodiek” (editor CED-SAMSOM-KLUWER 1988)

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

- Member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Global Advisory Board

- Member of Rotary International (PH Fellow)- Retired Reserve Officer in the Belgian Navy

OTHER

- Optimal global flexibility to relocate at any time everywhere 

Objective

An executive challenge leveraging my talents as cross-cultural, finance and strategic professional.

Interest

Cross-cultural Socio-Politics, History, Classical and Jazz Music, Cycling, Tennis, Scuba Diving, Epicurism.

Custom

It is essential to emphasize the Global character of my profile. I am willing to relocate anywhere anytime !

Skills

Skills

Technical Skills

- MS Office suite. - Excellent reporting and presentation skills. 

People Manager

- Inspiration and motivation of international teams of up to 50 employees. - Recruiting. - Design of reward systems. - Trainer and career mentor. 

Entrepreneur

- Start up of companies and operations in different countries.   - Customer focus. - Bottom-line approach of each project. - Integration of all operational activities of an organization. 

Financial Leader

- Focus on shareholder value creation. - Valuation of merger and acquisition targets. - Management of P&L, balance sheet and cash flow. - In-depth financial analysis. 

Strategic Leader

- Strategic planning of organic and inorganic growth. - Integration of growth initiatives in mid- and long-term vision. - Awareness of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. - Communication with stakeholders. - Integration of divisional and functional interests. 

International Leader

- Cross-cultural management. - Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Dutch. Basic German. - Cross-border and cross-cultural negotiation. - Interaction with international leadership and boards. - Interaction between headquarters and affiliates abroad. 

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