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Hillebrand appoints Cees van Gent as CEO

Published:  07 September, 2017

JF Hillebrand Group has appointed Cees van Gent as chief executive officer.

Cees van Gent will take over from currentchief executive officer Christopher Bernard, who will remain with the company to assist with the transition until March 2018, with effect from 1st of October this year.

Bringing with him a “strong proven track record” with leading multinational logistics companies, the appointment marked a new phase of growth for JF Hillebrand, said the group.

“He brings a combination of deep management expertise from leading multinational companies in areas such as logistics, infrastructure, and environment, with a match in our values around passion for service and customer intimacy,” said Christof Hillebrand, chairman of Hillebrand’s supervisory board.

Thanking Bernard for his “35 years of exceptional service”, Hillebrand credited him with having successfully developed the business across four continents.

“Over the past four years, during which time Bernard has been group chief executive officer, we have made enormous strides in developing talent, refining our strategy and strengthening our business performance,” he said.

It was a “great honour” to be appointed chief executive officer, said van Gent.

”Within our industry, Hillebrand is known for its unparalleled service and that is what I am going to continue building on in the coming years,” he said, adding that with his experience in building and buying better businesses, he looked forward to accelerating the implementation of the 2020 Business Plan vision around customer centricity and innovation.