Hein started out in 1983 with a small mushroom farm. In 1987, he founded Univeg, which later became Greenyard Fresh. It was the foundation on which he built one of the largest fruit and vegetables companies in the world, with a unique offering in fresh produce, frozen and prepared products, and growing media. In the beginning of 2018, Hein took up the role of CEO for Greenyard, focusing on the company’s long-term vision and strategy, while also personally engaging with some of its key customers.
Mr Koen Hoffman obtained a Master in Applied Economics and an MBA at Vlerick Business School. Between 1992 and July 2016, he was active at KBC Group in which he started his career in the corporate finance department and later became the CEO of KBC Securities as from October 2012. Since August 2016, he is the CEO of Value Square asset management. Mr Koen Hoffman serves also as board member at Fagron (Chairman), MDxHealth (Chairman) and SnowWorld.
Ms Hilde Laga holds a Ph.D. in Law. She is founding partner of the law firm Laga, which she led as Managing Partner, and was head of the corporate M&A practice until 2013. Until 2014 she served as a member of the supervisory board of the Financial Services and Markets Authority. She is member of the Belgian Corporate Governance Committee and also serves as independent board member at Barco, Gimv (Chairman) and Agfa-Gevaert.
Mr Aalt Dijkhuizen has obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Health Economics and holds a Master in Agricultural Economics. He was Managing Director of the Agri Northern-Europe Business Group of Nutreco. Between 2002 and 2014, he served as President and CEO of Wageningen University and Research. Since 2014, he is President of the Dutch Topsector Agri & Food. He serves as board member at several companies, is co-director of the Holland Center in China, Chairman of the Food & Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai and high-level expert to the European Commission in Brussels. Mr Aalt Dijkhuizen was awarded Honorary Citizen of Fujian Province in 2008 and Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands in 2014.
Mr Dirk Van Vlaenderen holds a Master in Applied Economics. He has been partner of Arthur Andersen since 1993 and member of the audit management committee and Managing Partner at Deloitte from 2002 until 2016. He served a wide variety of national and international companies as statutory auditor. He was also lecturer at the Universities of Brussels and Leuven for Basics of IFRS and Reporting in International Context. He serves as board member at other companies, of which amongst others IEP Invest.
Ms Veerle Deprez started her early career with Alcatel Bell in 1980. In 1987, together with her brother, Mr Hein Deprez, she laid the foundations of Univeg, which would later become the Greenyard Fresh segment. Ms Veerle Deprez serves also as board member at Fagron and Tessenderlo Group, as well as at various companies belonging to the Group, the Nova Natie group and De Weide Blik group.
Ms Valentine Deprez holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the Catholic University of Leuven, went to Vlerick Business School and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. Being born in the founding family, she has been involved with the business from a very early stage. Besides her mandate as director, she also manages historic real estate projects.
Mr Marc Ooms was General Partner of the Petercam group, a Benelux Investment Bank, and Chairman of Petercam Bank Nederland until 2011. Today, he is a private equity investor and board member of several companies like Sea-Invest Corporation, BMT Group, Baltisse, Universal Partners and De Weide Blik.
Mr Marc Coucke graduated as a pharmacist from the University of Ghent and obtained an MBA at Vlerick Business School. He is the founder and former CEO of Omega Pharma. Following the sale of Omega Pharma, Mr Coucke currently invests through Alychlo NV, in several listed and non-listed companies and technologies. He serves as a board member of Fagron, Smartphoto Group, Animalcare Group and a number of private companies.