Hazel Heartwood

We are experienced and creative people, passionate to support organisations with transformations

David Fonteyn

Bio

David holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Brussels. Fascinated by Italian culture, he gained international working experience by performing a marketing traineeship in Bologna.

After gaining further marketing, operational, account management and project management experience at the sports technological start-up Seaters, David joined the Hazelheartwood team at the end of 2016.

David has a strong interest for digital and technological initiatives and he is gaining further multi-national experience within the fields of digital transformations, project management, data and technology.

Expertise

David has strong organisational and human skills while he is a quick learner and a firm believer of continuous self-education. 

He has gained experience in the sports and automotive sectors, during which he has constantly worked intensively with IT departments.

Rob Kuijpers

Bio

Over 40 years’ industry experience

Rob held senior marketing and sales positions with Aspro Nicholas, Sterling Products and Beecham before joining Heinz in 1972 as Marketing and Sales Director for the Benelux, later becoming Managing Director for Europe. Rob then joined DHL as Chief Executive Officer for Europe and Africa, in 1997 becoming Chief Executive Officer of DHL Worldwide Express. In 2002, he was appointed Executive Chairman of SN Brussels Airlines, from which position he resigned in 2005. Since then, he has been involved in various start-ups in the logistics sector, as well as provided advisory, consulting and coaching services for Europa Partners, KPMG and, more recently, HazelHeartwood. He was also a founding partner of KR Transatlantic Partners, a logistics investment fund and consultancy firm that focuses on US companies aiming to expand into Europe.
Rob has previously been a member of the Regional Advisory Board of the London Business School and is currently a member of the advisory boards of SBS-EM (Solvay Business School) and of EQUIS (business school accreditation committee of the European Foundation for Management Development).

 

Expertise

Rob has extensive general management and senior advisory experience in the logistics sector.

Robert Thatcher

Bio

Over 12 years of experience in consulting and hands-on project, programme, and functional management.

Robert studied in St. Andrews University, Lancaster University and University of Antwerp, Belgium. He holds an honours degree in International Business and cum laude master in Applied Economics.

Robert’s career spans top-tier strategy consulting as well project and programme management roles, with functional expertise focused on strategy, IT and supply chain domains. First career moves included an industrial traineeship in marketing at Fujitsu, followed by management traineeship and management roles at Rentokil-Initial. After gaining his master degree, Robert moved to strategy consulting at A.T. Kearney and latterly Bain & Co. He joined HazelHeartwood in 2015.

Expertise

Robert specialises in solving complex, strategically critical questions, typically with significant IT components. His multi-national, multi-lingual industry and consulting experience spans an exceptionally broad range of industries.

Rijithe Meempat Jayan

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Expertise

Frank Grauls

Bio

18 years’ management & transformation experience

Frank has a degree in Applied Computer Science from the Leuven University College. He spent several years working as a management consultant. During this period Frank gained responsibility for global transformation and change management projects. In 2005 Frank joined Toyota Motor Europe where he held several senior management positions in the area of strategy, business planning & management and transformation management. After more than 6 years at Toyota, Frank joined HazelHeartwood at the start in July 2011. At HazelHeartwood Frank is the responsible partner for the company operations, the ICT cluster & Digital transformation cluster.

Expertise

Frank has extensive experience in the general management of large international, multi-cultural organisations and complex transformation programs. He specialises in general management, transformation management and IT & Digital strategy implementation.

Frank is also external advisor for a number of non profit organisations and board member of Special Olympics Belgium.

Oriane De Vroey

Bio

Fascinated by people and their culture, Oriane studied in Belgium, Hungary, USA, and Chile. She graduated in Economics at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where she also completed a Certificate in Ethics.

For four years, she worked as a Project Manager at Business& Society, the Belgian business network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). There, she guided more than twenty companies in their CSR strategy through assessment and recommendations to the top management. She also worked with the financial and food industry federations where she led stakeholders’ consultations aiming at identify their key CSR issues and write their first CSR report.

Oriane is also passionate by co-creation and new business models. She animated multi-stakeholders groups helping them to create innovative projects around active ageing, employee engagement and youth employability.

In 2015, Oriane joined the HazelHeartwood team where she will continue engaging stakeholders and drive change within organizations.

Expertise

Jan Van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Bio

Over 30 years’ management experience

Jan has a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and a post-graduate diploma in Higher European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. He began his career at a ministerial cabinet of the Belgian government. In 1985, he became Director of the Social Welfare department of the VEV (Flemish trade association), and in 1991 General Director. Jan holds the position of Managing Director of SD Worx since 1999.
Jan is also Chairman of KMSKA (friends of the Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp) and of Herita (Flemish heritage association).

Expertise

Griet Van de Velde

Bio

Griet graduated in 2003 from film school Rits in Brussels. Hereafter she went for another bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Recreation Management at College of Higher Education in Mechelen.

Griet started her career in 2006 with KPMG Advisory where she was involved in the administrative, financial and organisational processes. In 2010, she moved to Amlin Corporate Insurance where she assisted in similar processes. Two years later, she joined HazelHeartwood. She’s a hands-on project manager passionate about change and digital transformation. Moreover, she loves to organize big international events.

Expertise

Griet is experienced in the start-up and implementation of web and mobile projects. Briefing, coordination and monitoring of web analysts, copywriters, designers and developers. Monitoring scope, budget & timing.

Furthermore, she is an adept in web content management and content publishing. Creating and optimizing webpages in CMS.

Griet is also confident with digital quality management, development & rollout of mobile apps, executing and analysing web content audits and taxonomy & SEO set-ups.

Els Verlinde

Bio

More than 20 years experience in project, program and service management
After graduating in Marketing at KH Leuven in 1990, Els gained substantial experience in project and program management. She was responsible for development and implementation projects for large clients in a software company. Her other responsibilities ranged from marketing, product and office management to the organisation of the service and helpdesk department.

Expertise

Els has a profound experience in project, program and service management.

Pierre Berger

Bio

34 years’ auditing experience

Pierre studied Law at the Universities of Namur and Antwerp, and then Business Administration and Consular Sciences at the Antwerp Business School. He has been a Partner at KPMG for the last 30 years. During his career, Pierre has conducted audits of public institutions, financial institutions, investment funds and fund managers, hospitals, universities, gas and electricity distribution network operators and international listed companies. Pierre authors articles relating to auditing, and has taught Business Deontology at the Vlekho Business School and the University of Leuven. He joined HazelHeartwood in 2011.

Expertise

Pierre’s expertise lies in auditing and related financial and business management.

Anouk Doore

Bio

Anouk graduated in Social and Cultural Welfare Studies from the University of Brussels, and went on to do a postgraduate in Business Economics at Vlekho Business School. She is a certified internal auditor and has been trained in project management, change management and operational excellence.
Anouk began her career as a financial auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before becoming a Manager at KPMG Advisory with responsibility for internal audits, process analysis and risk management, as well as being involved with coaching and training. She then spent a couple of years working for the Flemish government on quality control and organisational management projects, before joining HazelHeartwood in 2012.

Expertise

Anouk is a process, quality and organisational management expert specialising in change management. She is also a certified senior consultant for Flanders Synergy.

Stijn Matthees

Bio

9 years’ experience in accounting and controlling

Stijn graduated with a Master’s in Economics from the EHSAL Management School in Brussels in 2003, and worked for a couple of years as an auditor before joining Trifinance, and then Toyota, as Sarbanes-Oxley Project Manager. Stijn next took on the job of Procure to Pay Project Manager at Toyota, which involved improving the procure to pay process and managing the company’s Oracle iProcurement project, later becoming Account Payable Manager and Business Accounting Manager.
Since 2011 Stijn has held various interim management positions, as General and Finance Manager, Manager of the accounts payable crisis team for a company in difficulty, and Manager of an IT capability improvement project. He joined HazelHeartwood in 2011.

Expertise

Stijn specialises in general and financial interim management.

Luc Delombaerde

Bio

Over 35 years of experience in Information Technology in various industrial branches


Luc was during 17 years IT Director at Vandemoortele, a family controlled company manufacturing margarines and fats and bread products on a European scale. In this role Luc was responsible for the implementation of SAP, including the integration of acquisitions on this platform, as well as for all IT infrastructure. Luc held this position until January 2014.
Before working for Vandemoortele Luc worked for manufacturing Philips and Santens and consulting companies PA consulting and Origin (currently Athos) were he was responsible for manufacturing automation teams and consulting in the production and logistics area.
Luc was an active member of BIRA and CIO forum where he organised workshops and events in the broad area of Information Technology.

Expertise

Luc is skilled in coaching people who implement challenging IT implementation projects with related change management.

Amaia Lasa

Bio

Amaia has been working for 20 years in marketing, data and technology.

She has a degree in Quantitative Methods in Marketing from the Leuven University, and a Business Administration and Economics degree from the University of Deusto.

She started in ‘97 working in Internet and Shipping Software projects for FedEx – conducting quantitative and qualitative research, functional requirements and coordinating technology projects in the marketing department. Later she focused in project management, program management, vendor selection and management, and business planning in IT functions in Solideal and in Toyota. In the last 10 years she worked in Attentio and in Bisnode, companies that were focused on Social Media Data Analytics and CRM services in different domains (Automotive, FMCG, Electronics, Pharma,..).

Expertise

Amaia’s career combines Digital marketing, Social Media Marketing and Direct Marketing Communication and CRM. She has experience in project, program and people management in both large international, multi-cultural organisations as well as in start ups. She is passionate about the value of knowing consumers, how consumer data and technology can help design and deliver excellent consumer experiences and generate value for companies.
Amaia is Belgium Vice Chair for I-COM global (I-COM is a Global trade body exploring the creation of business value from Marketing Data & Measurement).

Guido De Grefte

Bio

Guido holds Master’s degrees in Organisational Sociology and Organisational Communication from the University of Amsterdam.
By the time he joined KPMG Advisory in 1993, he had worked for the Dutch Ministry of Finance as an internal consultant, had become Vice President of the Tappan Group after joining them as senior consultant specialising in the communication sector, and had been Managing Director of CMC Communication Management Consultants. He joined KPMG as Senior Manager Change Management, becoming Partner for consulting services in the Antilles and then Lead Partner for Strategy and Operations and for Energy and Industrial Markets in Belgium.
Guido is Vice President of the board of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and the author of a children’s book on doing business. Guido founded HazelHeartwood in 2011.

Expertise

Guido has wide-ranging consulting experience in the energy, telecom, banking, insurance, transport and logistics sectors, as well as in the public sector. He specialises in transactions, mergers and acquisitions, in change management and communication and in systems and e-business strategy implementation.

Filip Dierckx

Bio

30-year career in banking

Filip holds Master’s degrees in Law from the University of Antwerp and Harvard Law School, and began his career as a lawyer with the well-known Brussels law firm De Bandt, van Hecke & Lagae. In 1983, he joined Générale de Banque as International Legal Counsel, rising to become General Manager and in this capacity managing the takeover of Crédit Lyonnais Bank Nederland. In 1997 and 1998 Filip was Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Belgolaise Bank. Since 1998 he has been Managing Director at Fortis Bank, responsible for retail banking, investment banking and financial markets.  In 2000, he was appointed to the Executive Committee of Fortis and became CEO of Fortis Merchant Banking. In 2008, Filip became Chairman of Fortis Bank, and in 2009, he was appointed Vice-Chairman and COO.
Filip Dierckx is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SD Worx and Chairman of Febelfin (Belgian federation of financial institutions). He is also a member of the Orientation Council of Euronext, Director of Voka (Flemish employers’ network), Director of Union Wallonne des Entreprises (Walloon employers’ association) and a member of the Management Committee of VBO/FEB (Belgian employers’ federation).

Expertise

Banking, Management of companies

Roel Nieuwdorp

Bio

Over 40 years’ legal experience

Roel has a PhD in Law from the University of Leuven and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania (USA).
Roel started off as a teaching assistant at the University of Leuven before pursuing a career as a lawyer with several law firms. Roel is now a partner at Ambos NBGO, where he assists foreign and domestic companies set up and implement corporate governance structures, set up acquisition structures and involve private equity funds and investors. He also acts as advisor to listed companies.
Roel is a part-time lecturer within the University of Antwerp’s Master after Master program in Business Law. He joined HazelHeartwood in 2011.

Expertise

Roel is an expert on company law, experienced in the areas of corporate governance, private auctions, mergers & acquisitions, buy-outs, restructuring (Belgian and European) and listed companies.

Guido Moetewiel

Bio

Over 35 years management and risk consulting experience

Guido has a Master of Law degree (VUB) and a Master of Internal Audit degree (UFSIA) and obtained Certifications in Risk Management Assurance, Prince 2, accounting, IT and administrative law.
He held several senior management positions e.g. at the Port of Antwerp Authority; the Campina Chamber of Commerce and Unizo before becoming a senior manager at KPMG Advisory.
Guido is an expert in corporate governance as well as process, risk and control analysis and improvements. He also performed a vast number of Internal audits (strategic, financial, operational, IT) and internal control assessments both in the private and public sector.
Guido has been member and trusted advisor of Board of Directors and Audit Committees and is Counselor at the High Labor Court Antwerp (ongoing). He has also a vast expertise in facilitating workshops and seminars and is author of several publications.
Guido joined HazelHeartwood in 2013.

Expertise

Guido has extensive project management and senior advisory experience both in the private and he public sector. He has a wide-ranging consulting experience in the public, energy, transport, distribution, logistics, telecom, automotive, banking, industrial and IT sector.

Alexandra Van Eecke

Bio

15 years of experience in organisational change and project management

Alexandra holds a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering from the University of Ghent. She started her career in the environmental and engineering sector. Her interest for management and organisational change was the reason she chose for KPMG in 2000. After six years of experience in organisational change at KPMG, she decided to join the Province of Antwerp as an internal management consultant and project manager. In 2009 she became director of a public company specialised in learning and development, attached to the Province. She joined HazelHeartwood in 2015.

 

Expertise

Alexandra has built experience in organisational development and change, both in a role of management consultant as in a role of (project) manager. She specialises in change management and social innovation, both in public as in private sector.

Baudouin de Cannière

Bio

More than 30 years experience in banking and finance

Baudouin has a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and for over 30 years he was active in the banking and financial sector. He is also a certified corporate director.
He started his career with the Indosuez Bank België where for more than 15 years he held various commercial and management positions in corporate and private banking.
He then joined Euronext and was actively involved in the merger process with the French, Dutch and Portuguese stock exchanges and was in charge of marketing, relations with issuers and institutional investors at group level.
Today he is active in the social profit sector where he advices different organizations in the field of poverty, employment and social empowerment.
In his own time, he is  member of the Board of the philanthropic Gillès Foundation, Toolbox, and chairman of Foundation Baroness van Oldeneel tot Oldenzeel.

Expertise

Throughout his career he acquired managerial skills in planning and organisation, budgeting and financial control, as well as a profound experience in credit and loan applications, investment strategies, risk assessment, marketing, business development and people management.

René Grootaert

Bio

Over 40 years’ management experience

René studied Romance Languages and Applied Economics at the University of Ghent and Business Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).
René started out as a buyer with Airtour, later becoming Sales and Marketing Director of Polaroid and then General Manager of Europ Assistance and later Creyfs. In 1991, René founded Executive Interim Management, the first interim management practice to be set up in Belgium, which was acquired two years later by Ernst & Young. René remained a managing partner at Executive Interim Management until 2005, when he founded Essensys and bought back the company.
René is a board member of several organisations, including Be Angels and Transfund, both devoted to matching up investors with entrepreneurs. René joined HazelHeartwood in 2012.

Expertise

René is specialised in business development, change management and restructuring in the service industry.

Paul Schroyens

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Expertise

Join us

We are looking for experienced business professionals to join the HazelHeartwood team.
We have tailored our employment conditions to meet the specific needs and desires of our senior executives and senior consultants. With HazelHeartwood, your define your own work-life balance.

For our senior consultants, HazelHeartwood provides the unique opportunity of working with and learning from some of the most brilliant business people around today. You can count on having flexible hours and generous holidays, combined with the advantages of a permanent contract, an pension scheme, a company car and business expenses paid.

 

 

For our senior executives, HazelHeartwood is a great way to continue working in a framework adapted to the ‘third carreer’.

Contact us by phone on +32 15 799 999 or send an e-mail to info@hazelheartwood.com.