Dirk Vandeplancke (born 1966)
is CEO of BekaertDeslee as of January 2013. In 1989, he joined the company as an industrial engineer. Vandeplancke moved to the USA with Bekaert Textiles in 1998 to develop production there. As General Manager for the Americas until 2012, he managed the integration of the Argentinian and Mexican acquisitions.
Vandeplancke holds an MBA from the Vlerick Business School and a degree in industrial and electromechanical engineering from the University of Leuven supplemented with an Advanced Management Programme from INSEAD Business School.
Sam Sabbe (born 1965)
is the member of the BekaertDeslee management responsible for Finance since September 2016. Sabbe has gained vast experience throughout his career in various financial areas with a strong focus on M&A transactions as well as on expansion in strategic growth markets in Eastern Europe.
Most recently, Sabbe advised the company Bremhove NV on strategic financial and capital market related issues. Prior to this, he worked for Paribas Bank Belgium before switching to Omega Pharma as CFO. In 2008 the pharmaceutical company appointed him as Chief Strategy Officer. 2012 he became CEO of Senior Assist, a global provider for the management, construction and financing of nursing homes, assisted living and home car
Dirk Verly (born 1966)
is HR and Operation Excellence Director at BekaertDeslee since November 2011. He is an HR specialist with 25 years of experience in international HR and change management.
Before Dirk Verly joined Bekaert Textiles, his previous functions included roles at Picanol Group (Vice-President HR and General Services), Becton Dickinson (HR Director Benelux & Organizational Development Europe) and GE Power Controls (HR Advisor). He holds a degree in psychology from Ghent University.