Waterland’s Industry Experts are actively involved in the investment process. The Industry Experts are experienced individuals who have or previously had executive and managerial responsibilities at successful companies or who can otherwise contribute valuable market know-how or contacts. The Industry Experts contribute by offering their in-depth knowledge of certain target markets, by connecting their extensive networks with Waterland and target company leadership and by sharing their operational experience in managing and growing businesses.

Industry Experts may assist in investment identification and analysis, and may serve as supervisory board member or special advisor to portfolio companies.

  • Marcel Colla
    • Managing director of Socius BVBA (Consultancy)
    • Minister in the federal Belgian government between 1988 and 1999, subsequently in charge of Science Policy, Telecommunications, Pensions,and Public Health
    • Member and Senator of the Belgian Parliament between 1979 and 1999
    • Professor of Sociology at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) from 1970 to 1978
  • Martin De Prycker
    • Managing partner of Qbic Fund
    • CEO of Caliopa
    • Board member of Newtec, Anteryon, IBBT, Track4C and Venture Spirit
    • Former CEO of Barco
    • Former CTO and member of the Executive Committee of Alcatel
  • Julien De Wilde
    • Honorary Chairman of Agoria
    • Chairman of Nyrstar and Agfa-Gevaert
    • Director of Arseus
    • Former board member of KBC BANK, Van Breda International
    • Former management board member of Texaco Europe
    • Former Head of R&D at Recital
    • Former CEO of Alcatel Bell and executive vice president of the Alcatel Group
    • Former CEO of Bekaert
  • François Gillet
    • Director and Chief Investment Officer of Sofina
    • Board member of Colruyt, Codic, Deceuninck Plastics, Emakina, Exmar and Luxempart
    • Former Assistant CFO of Union Minière
  • Dr. Phil Goodwin
    • Chairman and Founder of Fusion Capital, real estate developer and private equity fund manager in East Africa
    • Former Head of UK and Co-Founder of Montagu Private Equity
    • Former Director of HSBC Private Equity
    • Former Director of 3i plc
    • Investor in and Director of many entrepreneurial private companies
    • PhD in linguistics and ancient languages, degrees from Oxford and Manchester Universities
    • Advisor for investments in the UK
  • Dr. Hans-Jörg Grundmann
    • Various top management positions at Siemens AG
    • Former Chairman of the UNIFE - the Association of the European Rail Industry
      PhD from the Academy of Sciences, Berlin
  • Dr. Florian Langenscheidt
    • Founder, Investor, Publisher (eg. "Weltmarktfuehrer" and Lexikon der deutschen Familienunternehmen") and Author
    • Speaker at German Speakers Hall of Fame
    • Spokesman of the board of trustees "Deutscher Gruenderpreis"
    • Member of the supervisory board at several economical and charitable organisations
    • Former CEO of the Langenscheidt publishing group and Member of the executive board at Brockhaus AG
    • MBA from INSEAD
  • Rudolf Lehner
    • Former Group Vice President of Dentsply International Inc.
    • Former CEO of Degudent GmbH (former Degussa Dental)
    • Former CEO of Elephant Dental B.V.
  • Dr. Michael Muth
    • Former senior partner and director of McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    • Former head of McKinsey’s European Insurance and Asset Management Practice
    • Board member of and senior advisor to several corporations and financial institutions in Europe and the United States
    • Member of several boards of non-profit organisations such as the INSEAD Business School and Gerda Henkel Foundation
    • Health care advisor
  • Dr. Carl-Stefan Neumann
    • Former senior partner (Director) at McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    • Former head of McKinsey’s Global Transportation, Tourism & Logistics Practice, also creating the Infrastructure Practice and the software solutions business of the firm
    • Board member of and senior advisor to transportation-oriented institutions in Europe
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Luc Sterckx
    • President Febeliec
    • Former CEO of SPE-Luminus
    • Former CEO of Oleon
    • Former Member of the Executive Board of Petrofina/Atofina
    • Former General Manager of Indaver
    • Various positions at Exxon Chemicals
  • Prof. Dr. Sweder van Wijnbergen
    • Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam
    • Former CEO and founder, Infomedics
    • Former secretary-general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs
    • Former chief economist, The World Bank
    • Health care advisor
  • Hasso von Düring
    • Director of the Lufthansa City Center Reisebüropartner GmbH 
    • Head of sales at TUI Deutschland GmbH
    • Chairman of TUI Leisure Travel GmbH
    • Chairman of Ankerbrot AG

Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V. is registered as a fund manager in the register maintained by the Dutch regulator, the AFM (Autoriteit Financiële Markten).

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