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All-round, ambitious senior people and project manager with more than 15 years combined experience in the automotive and active implantable device industries. Successful management roles in automotive at OEM and Tier I/II suppliers in sales, design & development, project & program management, quality, supply chain management and procurement.


Current Experience

  • Head of Cochlear Boulder LLC
    Since January 2016
    Head of Cochlear Boulder Acoustic Implant Development & Manufacturing Site

  • Head Global Acoustic Implant Manufacturing
    Since January 2016
    Global responsible for Acoustic Implant Manufacturing covering manufacturing sites Belgium-Mechelen / US-Boulder / AU-Sydney

Past Experience

  • Head Acoustic Implant Development & Manufacturing at Cochlear Technology Centre Belgium
    October 2006 --- December 2015
    In my current role of head acoustic implant development & manufacturing I'm responsible for a department accountable for the full product life cycle of new acoustic implantable devices. This covers the full cycle from initial engineering idea, through design & process verifications and regulatory submission to manufacturing setup and commercial ramp up. * Well respected member of the management team * Responsible for new acoustic implants - project management - design & development - process engineering / NPI - manufacturing engineering / manufacturing - procurement, supply chain & logistics * People management, team development & evaluation * Organisational development, team building * Team development to highly skilled, motivated and respected department * Development medical device manufacturing site - from start-up to commercial class III manufacturing site (ISO 13485 certified) - highly specialised active implantable medical device manufacturing

  • OE Sales Program manager
    April 1998 --- October 2006
    * Project, program management * Sales, development chassis & ride control products * Resident and customer support functions at OEM's (UK, Germany) * Supplier management, procurement, supply chain * Team management & development * People management * Design for manufacturing, to cost, to reliability * Internal auditing

  • Project Engineer
    August 1996 --- April 1998
    * Project engineering * Vehicle durability testing & development at Ford Lommel Proving Ground * Vehicle dynamics testing & development * Chassis design & testing * NVH investigation & problem solving on vehicle prototypes * Problem solving on manufacturing line issues related to chassis & acoustics


Self Assessment :
AdaptabilityAnalytical thinkingApproachabilityAuthenticityCollaborationCommunicativeCoordinationCritical thinkingEfficiencyFlexibilityOrganizationProblem solving


Self Assessment :
R&DAuditingBudget ManagementBusiness Process ImprovementCE CertificationChange ControlChange ManagementCleanroomCoachingContinuous ImprovementCorporate FinanceCross-functional team leadershipCurrent Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP)Demand PlanningDemand Supply PlanningDesign for Manufacturing (DFM)Design of Experiments (DOE) Design VerificationDue DiligenceEngineeringFailure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)Finite Element Analysis (FEA)ForecastingGMPInternational Project ManagementInventory ManagementISO 13485Lean ManufacturingLeadershipLogisticsmanagementManufacturingMechanical designMechanical EngineeringMedical Device R&DMedical DevicesMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft ProjectMicrosoft WordMS ProjectMultilingualOperations Managementpeople managementProblem SolvingProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingProcess EngineeringProcess improvementProcurementProgram ManagementProject ManagementProject PlanningProject Portfolio ManagementQuality AssuranceQuality ManagementQuality Control (QC)Six SigmaVerification
LinkedIn Assessment :
Medical DevicesISO 13485Team ManagementTeam BuildingSituational LeadershipLeading Development TeamsPerformance ManagementOrganizational DevelopmentOrganizational DesignBusiness StrategyDepartment BudgetingInternal AuditCertified Internal Auditor TS16949Certified Internal Auditor ISO13485Project ManagementProgram ManagementActive Implantable Medical DevicesClass III Medical DevicesMedical Device R&DDesign VerificationMechanical EngineeringMechatronicsFinite Element Analysis (FEA)Supply Chain ManagementProcurementSupplier Quality ManagementLean ManufacturingProcess VerificationQuality ManagementRegulatory submissionsRegulatory RequirementsCE CertificationRoot Cause AnalysisProblem SolvingCAPACost Managementcost controlProduct Lifecycle ManagementERPDFMEAPFMEARisk ManagementContinuous ImprovementValue Stream Mapping5SDesign for Manufacturing (DFM)Design to costQuality SystemFDAFailure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)


  • in Sommelier from Syntra in 2013
  • in Lean Manufacturing from Amelior in 2010
  • Post graduate in Project management from EHSAL in 2002
  • Post graduate in Business Economics from KUL University in 1999
  • Master in Engineering, Mechatronics from University of Leuven in 1996
  • Master in Engineering, Mechanics from KIHL in 1993

Training and Certification

  • Building and Leading Effective Teams: Executive Education Program with Columbia Business School and ExecOnline, Inc. Certification
  • Leading Operational Excellence: Executive Education Program with MIT Sloan School of Management and ExecOnline, Inc. Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Area / Region

Blanden, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes