Sif Group’s Management Team has more than 100 years of combined industry expertise in the oil & gas and offshore wind markets and its production expertise which allows them to effectively and efficiently address the needs of customers, identify opportunities and threats in the market, develop new market positions and produce high quality, cost competitive products in time.
Management Board members
The Management Board consists of Jan Bruggenthijs, Chief Executive Officer and Leon Verweij, Chief Financial Officer.
Jan Bruggenthijs (Dutch) –CEO
Jan Bruggenthijs was appointed CEO in September 2014. He is a mechanical engineer with over 35 years of experience working for industrial companies and an experienced leader in international technical project environments. He was appointed to a general management function in 1985 and became member of the management board of GTI (now part of Cofely) in 1997. In 2001 he joined Stork to become general manager of Stork Industry Services, the largest division of Stork. He grew the business internationally from EUR 175 million to over EUR 700 million in 7 years becoming one of the world leaders in industrial services for oil & gas. He left Stork at the end of 2009 and was temporary general manager for Hertel Middle East and Eriks Western Europe before joining Sif Group.
Leon Verweij (Dutch) –CFO
In January 2017, Leon Verweij was named CFO. After completing his degree in business economics, Verweij has held several financial positions including 23 years as financial director at companies such as Grasso’s Koninklijke Machinefabrieken, Koninklijke IBC, Koninklijke VolkerWessels Stevin, and Schoeller Arca Systems Services. During his time at the Smulders Group he gained experience in the field of steel foundations for offshore wind farms. He more recently served as interim CFO at Ballast Nedam and as interim CEO at the Oskomera Group. He also worked for listed companies including serving as CFO at Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin and as interim CFO at Ballast Nedam. In addition to his position as CFO, Verweij holds other positions including a seat on the Supervisory Board of the Villa Pardoes foundation.
Management Team members
The Management Team consists of the two Management Board members and two additional members, Michel Kurstjens, Chief Commercial Officer and Luc De Proost, Chief Operating Officer.
Michel Kurstjens (Dutch) –CCO
Michel Kurstjens joined Sif Group as CCO in April 2013. He is a mechanical engineer who started his career in 1991 as design-engineer and took on sales in an industrial/technical environment shortly after. Over the years, he gained 24 years of technical and international sales experience, sales management and general management experience in various technical niche companies, of which 15 years within Aalberts Industries Industrial Products Division. Aligning market opportunities and internal operations has led to revenue and profit growth of the companies he has worked for throughout his career. Markets in which he has operated include oil & gas (exploration and production), defence & aerospace, automotive and semiconductors.
Luc De Proost (Belgian) –COO
Luc De Proost has worked as management advisor and project manager for Sif Group for several years before joining the company in October 2015 as COO. He is a civil engineer in architecture and has been involved for over 30 years in wind energy. He spent his first 10 years developing wind turbines and building wind farms across Europe with WindMaster. He joined the Hansen Transmissions International sales force in 1995. For Hansen he established dedicated factories for serial production of wind turbine main drive gearboxes in Belgium, India and China as from 2001. Since 2011 Luc has assisted various companies supplying offshore foundations - such as Smulders, Nordseewerke and the Group - to upgrade their serial production capabilities.