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An experienced senior global manager with C-suite level experience who has run companies and managed business activities in both emerging and developed markets.Profit driven proven performer with a comprehensive understanding of cultural and business practice differences and knowledge of how to manage across distances and in different environments. Experience as a management and supervisory board member (including chairmanship) covering a variety of different countries and business areas within the financial services environment. Someone with a strong history of delivering profitability, including from turnaround situations, with demonstrable returns on equity frequently in excess of 20%, on large (up to €8.6B) and smaller portfolios, delivering growth consistently between 22% and 28% year on year (2000-2007), and new business volume generation of €4.6B (example EOP 2006). A team builder and leader who provides strategic focus, win/win solutions, improved returns, and higher levels of customer satisfaction.

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My background and experience has taught me how to be effective within an international business arena with moving targets, demanding clients, and cultural differences. I believe that I not only manage the “bottom line” successfully, but through my ability to develop strategy, create a vision of the future, and communicate effectively, I lead and inspire managers to bring about long term and sustainable change. I consider myself to be a generalist with a financial background who has the desire and ability to learn about and adapt to new situations. I also understand my and other’s strengths and weaknesses and in so doing develop strong and sustainable management. I strongly believe in empowerment and my principle message is “use good judgement, gain my trust, and you will always have my support”. I lead by example and aspire to a role where entrepreneurial spirit is accompanied by a genuine desire to capitalise on opportunities. I like to think big, start small, and scale up fast!

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John Webster

“I have known Simon as a friend, colleague and client for almost 20 years. He has developed into an exceptional business leader with a unique, calm but authoritative leadership style that generates extraordinary loyalty from those around him. He accepts responsibility willingly and translates this into a determined and focused approach to delivering ambitious business objectives. I would have no hesitation in recommending Simon for a CEO role.”

Brian Dumbill

“Simon, was and is a disciplined and focussed leader. He has a very international view having lived and worked in different countries and markets. He communicates clearly, in a direct manner and is always willing to tackle difficult issues head on, and from the front. This coupled with a strong commercial awareness means that he gets to the issues quickly and can resolve them well for "win win" solutions. We had exciting and challenging times working together in Latin America dealing with some of the unique challenges the Region presented at that time. Together we were able to deliver some great results. Since then I have been in regular contact with Simon and I am certain that his skills and talents have only increased in recent years.”

Ewald Jozefzoon

“As European Marketing Director for DLL, I reported to Simon at the time. As my manager, he has been a great motivator, inspirator, and coach to me during that period and afterwards. His solid background in global business, along with a very strong commercial vision, has been a great source of support to me and likeminded colleagues in our collective effort to help further raise DLL's commercial effectiveness. Simon was a great boss, and he continues to be a good friend.”

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Work experience

Jan 2007Present

Global President for Transportation, Asset Management, and Insurance

De Lage Landen International B.V. (wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank)

In January 2007 De Lage Landen moved from a regional structure to a global matrix organisation.

Global President for Transportation, Asset Management, and Insurance

De Lage Landen International B.V.  (wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank)

Vestdijk 51

PO Box 652,

5600 AR Eindhoven,

The Netherlands

  • Reporting to the Executive Board
  • Establishment of new global business unit focussed on terrestrial transportation
  • Developed clear and concise global strategy and performance contract for entry into this competitive market
  • Built up multi-cultural management team of specialists in financing solutions for trucks, trailers, buses, trams, and train locomotives and rolling stock
  • Developing presence in 31 countries globally including developing markets of Brazil, Russia, and China
  • Full global profit and loss responsibility
  • Profit €5.3M 2007 and forecast €3.6M 2008
  • New Business Volume €367M EOP 2007 and forecast €530M EOP 2008
  • Chairman of the board and Director of DLL captive insurance and re-insurance companies based in Dublin
  • Director and board member of OOO De Lage Landen Leasing Russia (ООО Де Лаге Ланден Лизинг)
  • Director and board member of De Lage Landen Leasing Polska S.A.
  • Supervisory Board Member of Cargobull Finance (multi-country European JV with €860M portfolio)
Feb 2006Jan 2007

Chief Commercial Officer Europe Division

De Lage Landen International B.V. . (wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank)
  • Responsible for cross business unit European commercial activities in 19 European countries
  • Management board member
  • Commercial direction and responsibility for 6 business units representing Office Equipment, Tech Finance, Trucks and Trailers, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, and Materials Handling and Construction Equipment
  • Portfolio of €8.6B EOP 2006
  • NBV €4.6B EOP 2006
  • Net profit of €73.5M EOP 2006
  • Direct responsibility for development of emerging markets in central and eastern Europe
  • New DLL branch offices proposed and opened in Russia, South Africa, and Portugal
Jan 2002Feb 2006

Regional President Volvo Financial Services Latin America

Volvo Financial Services

Av. Juscelino K. De Oliveira, 2600

CIC, Curitiba

80530-260

Brazil

Responsible for:

  • Volvo captive finance companies in Latin America: Brazil, Mexico and Peru
  • 114 staff and 9 direct reports
  • Responsible for managed assets > SEK 5.7 Billion
  • Managed turnaround strategy at Volvo Financial Services Mexico
  • Growth consistently between 22% and 28% over 4 year period
  • New Business development activities in Chile and Argentina
  • Implementation of 3 point regional strategy of 1) Stability and Control 2) Operating Efficiency and 3) Customer Satisfaction, resulting in Operating Excellence.
  • Managed liquidation and closure of Volvo Financial Services Peru
  • Regional net profit for 2002 SEK 58.9M, 2003 SEK 48.9M, and 2004 SEK 98.1M
Apr 1999Dec 2001

President and CEO

Volvo Servicos Financeiros

·      Member of management board of Volvo do Brasil (Brazil’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer)

·Year on year average portfolio growth of 29% per annum

·Developed management team to provide a portfolio of managed assets to SEK 2.1 Billion

·Launched financial services for Volvo Construction Equipment

·Developed, launched, and successfully sold the Operating Lease product (this was a national first as the product was not recognised under Brazilian leasing and taxation legislation)

·Launched insurance products for truck, bus and construction equipment

·Profit and fee based income growth providing year on year average profitability increase of 118% per annum

·Developed risk processes and controls to comply with local legislation as well as internal requirements and compliance

·Became the first financial services company in Brazil with ISO 9001:2000 certification

·Successful risk management in a volatile and demanding economy

Skills

Executive Management
C suite level Global multi-country management Cultural diversity Team management and motivation Strategy development and execution Board level general management Negotiation with principals (industrial and governmental) Innovation and new product development Relationship development and management

Education

19941997

Masters Degree in Business Administration

University of Birmingham