Bruno Humblet started his career at Procter & Gamble in 1989 as business analyst. He built up 17 years of international finance and business experience in different areas including supply chain management, international market analysis, information systems, audit and treasury.
In 2000 he became Director Finance for the European household care business in Switzerland. In 2002 he was Director Internal Audit and was appointed Director Treasury (Europe, Middle East, Africa) in 2004.
Bruno Humblet joined Bekaert as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Bekaert Group Executive in October 2006. From November 2006 until September 2011, he took on additional responsibility for the Specialized films activity platform. From January 2013 until March 2016, Bruno Humblet combined his responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer with the Regional Operations Management Latin America.
Bruno obtained a Commercial Engineering degree at the Solvay Business School of the Brussels University and holds a CIA certification (2001).
Kurt Demeuleneere holds the position of Group Chief Financial Officer. He has built up sound experience throughout his career in various industries for different private equity owned companies.
Prior to joining BBRG he worked for Bekaert Textiles where he also assumed the Group Chief Financial Officer function. During his time, the company doubled in size and improved profitability and working capital. He was also responsible for the PMO office following up on strategy execution.
Before joining Bekaert Textiles, he was the Group Chief Financial Officer for Esko. He worked for a number of US based companies before that time and started with Ernst & Young.
Over the past 10 years, he closed a number of M&A transactions on the buy and sell side and focused heavily on integration activities.
Kurt has an economical education and holds a degree in accounting – informatics.
Bruno earned an MSc in Electromechanical Engineering from Louvain University in 1983 and joined Bekaert in 1985. He held several positions in quality and manufacturing before expatriating to Chile in 1993 as Operations Manager to lead the modernization and expansion program of the local JV. After returning to Belgium in 1999, he assumed global P&L responsibility for several of the Bekaert Wire businesses. In 2008 he became SVP, responsible for the high end niche Stainless Technologies business platform. Before joining the BBRG Executive team as Chief Operating Officer, during 2 years Bruno led the Bekaert Group Business Development department.
Geert Voet joined Bekaert in 1985 after graduation from the Catholic University of Louvain with a double major in engineering and a 13 months of military service as a reserve officer .
He started as a business consultant (Bekaert Stanwick) and moved as an expat to Brazil in 1988 to support the growth strategy of Bekaert in Latin America. During his 12 years in Brazil, he worked for several Bekaert JV companies and built up an extensive experience in the field of project management, plant management, new business development and marketing and sales. He completed an executive development program at IMD, and moved to North America, where he became VP Latin America in 2002 and VP Americas in 2003. Geert became SVP Wire Ropes/Advanced cords in 2011, a new business platform for Bekaert with the mandate to create a global business and has been growing this business ever since. In 2016, he joined BBRG as EVP Southern Hemisphere and Chief Strategy Officer.
Leeds University Graduate before joining Bridon in 1986 as a Graduate Trainee. Subsequently held operations roles in most of Bridon’s European based manufacturing facilities before being appointed Managing Director of the European Crane and industrial ropes business in 1997. Appointed President of Bridon America in 2000, John spent two four year periods leading Bridon’s US based distribution and surface mining business. During his time as America’s President he also took accountability for Bridon Global operations and was for a brief period appointed to the position of Chairman of the US Wire Rope Manufacturing Association (2006-2008). Returning to the UK in 2009 John has held a number of positions including: EMEA Managing Director, Global Director of operational and Group Technologies Director.In his role as Director of Operations John was the project lead for the success initiative to design, build and commission the world class high performance rope manufacturing facility located at Neptune Quay Newcastle.
Dries Moors joined the Bekaert Group in 2010 with 5 years of R&D experience in advanced material industries. Prior to joining Bekaert, he worked as an R&D expert and R&D manager at Pemco International and Libeltex, now part of TWE Group.
Dries has taken up several innovation and commercial management positions at Bekaert and was, among others, successful in developing composite technologies for automotive applications. In 2012, Dries assumed global responsibility for Bekaert’s Advanced Cords activities and drove significant expansion of the business in Asia. Dries Moors holds a PhD in Chemistry from KUL, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Robert Nalli started his career at Wire Rope Industries (WRI) in 1995 as an inventory coordinator. During the next 13 years, Robert developed his operational experience in different areas such as demand management, supply chain management and procurement. In 2005, he became Director Operations for WRI Canada. Robert’s transition into a commercial role came in 2008 when he was appointed VP – Commercial & Operations. In 2009, he took on the responsibility of President WRI of the North American operations which included manufacturing facilities in both Canada and the US. In addition to his duties as President WRI, Robert was given the position of VP Bekaert Global Mining Ropes in 2015 where he was mandated to develop, implement and coordinate the global strategy for mining ropes for the Bekaert Ropes Group. Robert holds an MBA – Specialization in Sales & Marketing, Graduate Diplomas in both General Management and Human Resources Management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Christophe complemented his Law Degree acquired at the Ghent University in 1994 with post-graduate trainings in Social Law, Compensation & Benefits and HR Management.
After 5 years of working in the Social Law department at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he joined Bekaert in August 1999.
He has been working in HR functions ever since, in a variety of local operational roles and global project roles. Christophe was, for several years, HR Manager of all the Bekaert plants in Belgium. He was involved in International Mobility and Global Compensation and became Global Industrial & Employee Relations Manager at Bekaert.
Christophe joined BBRG in October 2016 as Global Vice President HR.
Andrew Caffyn was previously Chairman of the Bridon Group. His is a chartered engineer with 30 years experience of managing international engineering and manufacturing businesses. He is currently Chairman of two other manufacturing groups in addition to his role as Chairman of Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group.
Shimtech Industries is a specialist supplier of high performance composite structures and shim solutions to the aerospace industry operating internationally from nine facilities. The group is owned by leading private equity fund Inflexion and Auctus Industries.
Thames Card Technology is a specialist manufacturer of credit cards and other secure cards, a business in which Business Growth Fund has invested growth capital.
Andrew’s previous career has included roles as the CEO of Deloro Stellite, an international materials technology business and Avery Weigh-Tronix, one of the world's largest suppliers of weighing equipment and services. Before these roles, Andrew worked for TI Group and then Smiths Group, both large FTSE100 global engineering businesses.
Beatríz García-Cos Muntañola started her career as auditor with Audigest SA in Barcelona and worked 13 years at PPG Industries Inc in Rubi, Spain, as Accounting, Tax and Finance Manager before she moved to Vestas Wind Systems in 2006, where she was Finance Director for EMEA and Latin America. Beatríz García-Cos was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Mining business of Trafigura Pte Ltd in 2012, a position with office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Beatríz García-Cos has joinen Bekaert as Chief Financial Officer on 1 July 2016. She isa member of the Bekaert Group Executive and a member of the Board of Directors of Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group. Beatríz García-Cos Muntañola, Spanish national, has obtained a Master degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Barcelona in Spain.
Russell Hammond is Director Industrial Products, Energy & Power at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He joined Private Capital in 2006 with more than 10 years of investment banking and private equity experience. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', he worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse, as well as the investment banking and private equity departments of Merrill Lynch in Toronto, Canada and London, UK.
At Teachers', Russell is responsible for investments in the Industrials sector and has been involved in several transactions in this area. He currently sits on the boards of Dematic S.A., EXAL Group and Alliance Laundry.
Russell is a CFA charterholder and graduated as a Presidential Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
Harry Kenyon-Slaney is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company and is based in London, UK.
He delivers strategic consulting to McKinsey's Restructuring and Transformation Services (RTS) Group focusing on improvement and business turnaround in natural resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, energy and capital-intensive industries.
Harry Kenyon-Slaney holds a Bachelor of Science - Geology from the University of Southampton, UK and started his career as an underground geologist with Anglo American in South Africa. In 1990 he joined Rio Tinto and took on various management and executive roles in the UK, Australia and across Southern Africa.
Harry Kenyon-Slaney joined the Rio Tinto Group Executive Committee in 2009 upon taking up the role of CEO of the Diamonds and Minerals product group. In 2012 he took over the Energy product group where he drove the transformational change repositioning of the business until mid 2015.
Curd Vandekerckhove is Executive Vice President North Asia and Global Operations at Bekaert and Member of the Bekaert Group Executive. He joined the Bekaert Group in 1989 and started his career as a Total Quality Management consultant. In 1991, Curd was selected by the European Commission to attend an 18-month Executive Training Program in Japan. Curd then has taken up several management positions in Bekaert Asia during 13 years and was based in Tokyo, Kobe, Singapore and Shanghai. He transferred back to Europe in 2004, to become the General Manager of Bekaert Carding Solutions and subsequently of the Bekaert Sawing Wire activity platform. On 1 September 2012, he was appointed Executive Vice President Bekaert North Asia and South East Asia, and became member of the Bekaert Group Executive. On 1 April 2016 he became Executive Vice President Bekaert North Asia and Global Operations, including responsibilities for Purchasing, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Excellence on a global level. Curd Vandekerckhove obtained a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1988) and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics (1989), both at KUL, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Eric Machiels became Infinis Energy’s Chief Executive in October 2010. Infinis, owned by Terra Firma Capital Partners, is one of the largest renewable power generators in the UK with over 700MW of onshore wind and landfill gas generation capacity. Eric was originally seconded into the business from Terra Firma, having previously joined Terra Firma as a Business Director in September 2007.
Prior to joining Terra Firma, Mr Machiels held executive positions within two portfolio companies of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a US private equity firm and most recently as Managing Director of Sirva Inc.’s European division from 2004 to 2007. He worked as an Investment Director at UBS Capital from 1999 to 2002.
Mr Machiels obtained an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1996. He previously graduated from the University of Leuven Law Faculty (Belgium) in 1989.
Stefano Santarelli joined the Portfolio Management team in 2015. He focuses on developing value creation plans, supporting acceleration programs and implementing best practices across Private Capital's European portfolio.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Stefano worked for 10 years at Bain & Company where he was a leader in the New York Private Equity practice leading due diligence engagements and developed strategic and performance improvement programs for several large corporations. Prior to that, Stefano worked at Procter & Gamble and Telecom Italia in their marketing department.
Stefano earned a Bachelor of Economics with honors at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.