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Board and Executive Team

The non-executive directors, all of whom the Company regard as independent, bring considerable international experience to the Board across a number of sectors. They play a full role in constructively challenging and developing strategic proposals, as well as chairing and being members of Board committees. The executive directors implement Board strategy, most recently having reorganised the Group divisional structure to align operating businesses more closely with customers, to deliver synergies and accelerate growth.

 

The Board


Ben Verwaayen, MSC

Chairman

Appointed: April 2020. He is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Skills and experience:Ben has a breadth of experience, having been the CEO of several companies, including Alcatel-Lucent SA and BT plc. He held the position of vice chairman and chief operating officer of Lucent Technologies Inc, was president of KPN and a non-executive director of Bharti Airtel. He has also been chairman of a number of companies and industry bodies including the CBI Energy and Climate Change Board in the UK. Ben currently serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Ofcom and Akamai Technologies Inc. He is a Founding Partner at venture capital company Keen Venture Partners LLP. Ben graduated from Utrecht University with a master’s degree in Law and International Politics.
Ben is considered by the Board to be independent.


Allard Castelein, MD

Senior Independent Director

Appointed: January 2017 and appointed Senior Independent Director in September 2019. He is also a member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Safety, Health and Environment Committees.

Skills and experience: Allard is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam, having been appointed in 2014. He qualified as a medical doctor before pursuing an international career in the energy sector, holding a number of senior positions at Shell in various countries, culminating in the post of Vice President Environment of Royal Dutch Shell in 2009. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Associated British Ports and a senior member of several Dutch trade organisations including the Economic Board of Zuid Holland and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.
Allard is considered by the Board to be independent.


Marina Wyatt, MA, FCA

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: April 2013. Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Skills and experience: Marina currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer of Associated British Ports. She is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Marina spent the first part of her career at Arthur Andersen in the UK and on overseas assignments before joining Psion PLC, where she became group finance director in 1996. In 2002, she joined Colt Telecom plc as chief financial officer and then in 2005, ahead of its IPO, she became chief financial officer of TomTom NV based in Amsterdam. In 2015 she was appointed chief financial officer of UBM plc and following UBM’s takeover she moved to her current role at ABP. Marina is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Lucas Bols N.V.
Marina is considered by the Board to be Independent.


Jolande Sap, MSC

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: April 2018. She is also a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience: Between 2008 and 2012, Jolande represented the Dutch Green Party, GroenLinks, in the lower house of the Dutch parliament, leading the party from 2010. Prior to that she worked as an economist, and between 1996 and 2003 at the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, where she headed the Incomes Policy Department, before being appointed a director of LEEFtijd, a consultancy for sustainable employment issues. Jolande is currently on the Board of the Dutch Emission Authority (NEA), a member of the Supervisory Boards of KPMG (Netherlands) and Royal KPN N.V. and chairs Fairfood International. Jolande graduated from the Tilburg University in economics.
Jolande is considered by the Board to be independent.


Luc Sterckx, MSC, PHD

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: September 2017 and appointed Chair of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee in February 2021. He is also a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Skills and experience: Luc started his career at Exxon Chemicals, before becoming the CEO of Indaver and subsequently joining the executive committee of PetroFina, where he served as managing director of Fina Holding Deutschland and as group senior vice president for SHEQ matters worldwide. He was then appointed CEO of Oleon where he led a successful management buyout. Luc was subsequently appointed as CEO of SPE-Luminus in 2005, the second largest power and gas company in Belgium, created as a result of a multi-party merger. Luc is an INSEAD certified international director and a specialist in internal governance. He currently holds a number of nonexecutive and advisory positions, specialising in the fields of energy and chemicals, renewables and corporate governance.
Luc is considered by the Board to be independent.


Neil Hartley, MA, MBA

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2019 and appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee in September 2019. He is also a member of the Audit, Nomination and Safety, Health and Environment Committees.

Skills and experience: Neil is a Partner at Buckthorn Partners, a private equity firm that invests in businesses that support the integration of renewable energy, lowering emissions, increasing energy efficiency, decarbonisation of industrial processes and other improvements to existing energy infrastructure. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a graduate of Oxford University in engineering, economics and management. Neil has a total of 16 years in private equity, and prior to that, spent six years in investment banking with Simmons & Company International, specialising in corporate finance, M&A and capital raising in the energy sector. Neil has also been a management consultant at McKinsey & Company Inc and spent seven years in technical and line management roles with Schlumberger as a field service manager and field engineer.
Neil is considered by the Board to be Independent.


Otto de Bont, MSC

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: April 2019

Skills and experience: Otto was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Renewi’s Commercial Waste Netherlands Division, playing a central role in the integration of Shanks Group plc with Van Gansewinkel Groep B.V. Before joining Renewi, Otto worked for a number of blue-chip companies including United Technologies’ divisions Otis, Carrier and Chubb and General Electric’s Plastics and Security divisions. During his six years at United Technologies, Otto spent time in various managerial positions culminating in his role as president of Chubb Continental Europe.


Annemieke den Otter

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: June 2022

Skills and experience: Annemieke joined the Board on 1 June 2022. Previously she held the position of CFO of ERIKS, a €1.7 billion revenue global engineering components and service provider (privately owned and part of SHV group). From 2016, she served for five years as the CFO of Ordina, a Dutch software company listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Earlier in her career she worked for three years at VolkerWessels, one of the large construction companies in the Netherlands. Prior to this she worked for ING and Macquarie Bank and lived in London for five years. Since 2020, she has been a Supervisory Board member of ForFarmers N.V., an international organisation offering feed solutions for livestock farming. Annemieke holds a master’s degree in English and Literary Science from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and has a post-masters degree in finance and control from Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Register Controller in Dutch).



Executive Team


Otto de Bont, MSC

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: April 2019

Skills and experience: Otto was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Renewi’s Commercial Waste Netherlands Division, playing a central role in the integration of Shanks Group plc with Van Gansewinkel Groep B.V. Before joining Renewi, Otto worked for a number of blue-chip companies including United Technologies’ divisions Otis, Carrier and Chubb and General Electric’s Plastics and Security divisions. During his six years at United Technologies, Otto spent time in various managerial positions culminating in his role as president of Chubb Continental Europe.


Annemieke den Otter

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: June 2022

Skills and experience: Annemieke joined the Board on 1 June 2022. Previously she held the position of CFO of ERIKS, a €1.7 billion revenue global engineering components and service provider (privately owned and part of SHV group). From 2016, she served for five years as the CFO of Ordina, a Dutch software company listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Earlier in her career she worked for three years at VolkerWessels, one of the large construction companies in the Netherlands. Prior to this she worked for ING and Macquarie Bank and lived in London for five years. Since 2020, she has been a Supervisory Board member of ForFarmers N.V., an international organisation offering feed solutions for livestock farming. Annemieke holds a master’s degree in English and Literary Science from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and has a post-masters degree in finance and control from Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Register Controller in Dutch).


Helen Richardson

Group Human Resources Director 

Skills and experience: Helen joined Renewi in April 2019 as Group Human Resources Director. Helen has a strong track record in international HR leadership roles. She has worked across various industries including FMCG, Telecommunications, Real Estate Development and Retail. Most recently, Helen held HR leadership roles at Danone / Nutricia. During this period, Helen played a leading role in the integration of several businesses, professionalising HR by driving employee engagement, putting Talent Management at the heart of the organisation and improving HR Services.


Maarten Buikhuisen

Chief Information Officer

Skills and experience: Maarten joined Renewi in January 2020 as Chief Information Officer. He has over 20 years of IT experience, having worked in a number of global IT leadership roles. Prior to joining Renewi, Maarten had various international business and IT roles at Heineken, in telecommunications company Alcatel and an internet business-to-customer start-up. During this period, he delivered business and IT transformations, global ERP programmes, digital innovations and data driven organisations.
Maarten has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an MBA from the University of Bradford.


Daniël Post

Transformation Director

Skills and experience: Daniël joined Renewi in May 2020 as Transformation Director for the Renewi 2.0 programme. Before joining Renewi, Daniël spent over 23 years in the Energy and Oil & Gas industries, first working for Schlumberger and then at GE Oil & Gas in operational and commercial line management roles. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Bilfinger Industrial Services for Belgium and the Netherlands and most recently acted as an advisor for private equity and investment firms, as well as for an oilfield decommissioning business. Daniël holds an MSc in Mining & Petroleum Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from IMD. Recently, he obtained his Non-Executive Directorship certificate at Nyenrode Business School.


Patrick Deprez

Product Sales Director

Skills and experience: Patrick was appointed in February 2017 as Product Sales Director. He joined the legacy Van Gansewinkel (VGG) business in 1998 and was the Regional Director for West Belgium until 2002 when he was appointed as Group SHEQ and Technical development director. During this period he was responsible for leading several quality and safety improvement programmes. From 2006, Patrick managed the strategic waste outlet portfolio for VGG and in 2012 was appointed as a member of the VGG Executive Committee. Before joining VGG, he was the head of the waste division at B&P Sobry NV for almost 10 years. Patrick has a degree in Environmental Management.


Baukje Dreimuller

General Counsel

Skills and experience: Baukje joined Renewi in September 2018 as General Counsel. She has extensive experience from leading legal firms Simmons & Simmons, Ashurst and Houthoff. She joined Renewi from Houthoff, where she held the position of senior lawyer within the corporate transaction (M&A) department. In this capacity, Baukje was very closely involved with the VGG - Shanks merger having lead much of the deal-related legal activity. Baukje holds Master's degrees in both Dutch Law and European & International Law from the Radboud University of Nijmegen.


Bas van Ginkel

Strategy and Business Development Director

Skills and experience: Bas joined Renewi in September 2018 as Strategy Director and and was promoted to Renewi’s Executive Committee in February 2019. Since joining Renewi, Bas has worked on a wide range of corporate and divisional strategy topics. He has further refined the Renewi corporate strategy, led portfolio optimisation and M&A activities and has supported divisional leadership teams in developing their strategic plans. Prior to joining Renewi, Bas held senior positions at Philips Lighting and Bain & Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School in the USA, a MSc in Business Administration (with a specialisation in corporate finance) and a BSc in Economics from the University of Groningen.


Marc den Hartog

Managing Director, Commercial Waste Netherlands

Skills and experience: Marc joined Renewi in April 2021 as Managing Director, Commercial Waste Netherlands. He previously worked for 8 years for Corbion N.V., a multinational company listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange, where he held a number of senior management positions including Executive Vice President, BU Innovation Platforms and Chief Operating Officer. He was also a board member of TOTAL Corbion PLA, a joint venture between TOTAL S.A. and Corbion N.V. producing and selling biodegradable polymer. Prior to this, he held senior positions at international business CSM NV, at Loders Croklaan and at Unilever. Marc holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Leiden.


Mark Thys

Managing Director, Commercial Waste Belgium

Skills and experience: Mark joined Renewi in May 2021 as Managing Director Commercial Wate Belgium. Before joining Renewi, Mark held the position of Global Chief Transformation Officer for Eurofins Scientific. Prior to this, Mark built his career at Goodyear Dunlop, completing various international assignments and holding different senior positions, including Managing Director International Sales and Operations, Managing Director France & Benelux and Goodyear’s EMEA Business Transformation Leader. Mark holds a MSc in Commercial Engineering from the University of Hasselt and an Executive MBA in Business Management from KU Leuven.


Theo Olijve

Managing Director, Mineralz & Water

Skills and experience: Theo joined Renewi in June 2019 and following a Divisional restructure was appointed Managing Director of the Mineralz & Water Division in March 2020. Prior to joining Renewi he worked in senior management positions in the petrochemical industry and liquid bulk terminals for over 25 years including Divisional VP for LyondellBasell, Managing the Odfjell Terminal Rotterdam where he was responsible for restoring the operation and compliance after a safety shutdown in 2012. In 2017 he became an independent management consultant. Theo holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen.


James Priestley

Managing Director, Specialities

Skills and experience: James joined Shanks Group plc as Managing Director of the Municipal (UK) Division in November 2016, shortly before Shanks and Van Gansewinkel merged to form Renewi. In March 2020, following a divisional restructure, James was appointed Managing Director of the Specialities Division , which includes the Group’s international Coolrec and Maltha operations as well as UK business. James has broad experience leading and strengthening businesses in Europe and America. Prior to joining Renewi James was interim President Americas for Britax Child Safety and before this President Europe for RGIS, an inventory services company owned by Blackstone. After starting his career at ICI he moved on to gain extensive management experience at Ford, British Airways and Tesco and consulting with Alix Partners. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.


Jeanine Peppink-Van der Sterren

Group SHEQ Director

Skills and experience: Jeanine was appointed Group SHEQ Director in October 2021. Before joining Renewi, Jeanine held the position of Group SHEQ Director for Royal IHC, a leading supplier of maritime technology. Prior to this Jeanine held senior SHEQ positions in a number of companies across different sectors including Lloyds Register, Dockwise, Amgen, EMI and MediaMotion. Jeanine holds a Masters’ degree in industrial engineering and management science from the Technical University of Eindhoven and an MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.