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VICE-PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR - Lhoist Western Europe
Axel Ampolini has been appointed Vice President and Managing Director of Lhoist Western Europe in April 2018.
Axel started his career in the US as a plant manager for Zapp Precision Wire. He joined Bekaert in 2003 where he held several managing positions both in North America and South-East Asia before being appointed Senior Vice-President of the Industrial Steel Wire business, managing the global strategic industrial products business platform.
Axel has a Master of mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburg and an executive MBA from the Singapore Management University.
Vice-President and Managing Director - Lhoist Central Europe
Piotr Biskup is the Managing Director for Lhoist Central Europe since 2015. He joined the Group in 2012 as Market & Development Director and Board Member of Lhoist Poland.
Piotr started his career in the construction business by working for Rockwool in the thermal insulation industry. Before joining Lhoist, he has been working as CEO & MD of Consolis Polska in precast concrete sector for 11 years.
Piotr Biskup graduated M.Sc. at Lubuski University, Building Faculty in Zielona Gora. He holds a Marketing degree from University of Economics in Poznan and an MBA from Georgia State University (USA) / Poznan University of Economics.
Vice-President and Managing Director - Lhoist Southern Europe
Jacques began his career as Sales Director Asia-Pacific at Alstom Power.
He then held various marketing and sales positions internationally at Alcan Aluminium and Smiths Detection, before joining Lhoist in 2012 within the France Management team, and subsequently Lhoist Southern Europe.
Jacques is a graduate of the Toulouse Business School.
Vice-President & General Counsel Europe
Dirk Donck joined Lhoist in 1990 as Legal Counsel.
He began his career at the Brussels Bar as an attorney, working both in Brussels and in Washington D.C. He subsequently worked with Dow Corning Europe as in-house counsel.
Dirk Donck holds a Degree in Law from the University of Louvain (UCL) and a Degree in European Law from the University of Brussels (ULB).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - Lhoist Europe
Benjamin Henry was named CFO Lhoist Europe in January 2019. He joined the Lhoist Group in October 2010, in the Finance Department where he held the position of Director of Strategic and Financial Planning. In 2015, he joined Lhoist Western Europe as Chief Financial Officer.
Benjamin previously worked in various IT and finance functions in the consulting sector and for Umicore where he was responsible for the Global Center of Expertise for Finance.
Benjamin holds a degree in Management Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain.
VICE-PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR – LHOIST GERMANY
Philipp Niemann was appointed Vice President and Managing Director of Lhoist Germany in February 2019.
Philipp started his career in the mergers & acquisitions department of a larger Investment Bank before joining a strategy consulting firm. In 2013, he joined Lhoist and has held several positions within the group, including vice president of operations in Germany.
Philipp has a doctorate from RWTH University in Aachen and an MBA from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
Vice-President Procurement and Supply Chain - Lhoist Europe
Louis-Florent Sion has been appointed Vice-President Procurement and Supply Chain for Europe in September 2017.
Louis-Florent started his career working as production manager in Lhoist plants in France and Belgium. After holding several technical roles at the Group HQ and at the Lhoist North America HQ, he took over the management of a group of plants in France. Starting in 2013, he undertook and led the Lhoist Continuous Improvement and the Manufacturing Excellence programs.
Louis-Florent Sion holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers (ICAM) and an Electrical Engineering Degree from SUPELEC.
Senior Vice-President Key Accounts – Lhoist Europe
Hans Stribos is SVP Key Accounts since 2004. He joined Lhoist in 1987 as Sales Manager Duwa Kalk en Dolomiet in The Netherlands and became then Manager Duwa Kalk en Dolomiet. In 1996, he moved to Belgium as Sales Director Lhoist Benelux & Scandinavia and was appointed Sales Director of the Western Europe Business Unit in 2000.
Hans started his career in the oil exploration industry in the North Sea and worked as Manager of Core Laboratories in Rijswijk before joining the Group.
Hans Stribos has an MSc degree in Geology from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands).