Team

Managing Director

Joost Van Meerbeeck (1964)

A Belgian national with an MBA of University of Chicago’s Booth School (1989), Joost started his career at McKinsey. Among the clients served was HAL Investments, the investment subsidiary of HAL Trust (Euronext Amsterdam quoted, ticker symbol HAL NA), which had just started as an investment company (after the divestment in 1989 of its legacy cruise business Holland America Lines).

Joost joined HAL in 1992 as HAL’s 3rd investment professional (after HAL’s current Chairman and current CEO). Since then the investment group autonomously grew from 600 million USD to 13 billion Euro in 2016, realizing a total return (dividends reinvested) of a factor 90x (CAR of around 20%). Joost built out today´s team of around 20 investment professionals and 10 technical staff at HAL Investments in Rotterdam.

In 2011 Joost became CEO of the HAL-subsidiary Royal Ahrend NV (office interiors and furniture) to develop and implement an operational restructuring plan (turnaround), followed by the integration of Dutch competitor Gispen (2014-15). Today Ahrend is a 300 M Euro company with 1700 FTE, active in Europe, CEE, former USSR, Middle-East and China. On a comparable basis, EBITDA improved with more than 10M from 2010 to 2015.

In 2016, Joost evolved towards an advisory role at HAL and non-executive board member at a number of HAL subsidiaries.

Associates

Benoit Tas (1964)

A Belgian national with Master degrees in Law (1987), Economics (1989) and Tax Management (1990) (KU Leuven) and an MBA of the University of Chicago’s Booth School (1995), Benoit started his career at Procter & Gamble.  Benoit then moved into strategy consulting at Arthur D. Little and Accenture, mainly working with international consumer goods and retail companies like Gillette, Unilever, Henkel, SaraLee and AB InBev.  

He then took on several general management positions in industrial companies, often in transformation and/or turnaround situations, first at Koramic investment group and later at Sovitec, where he successfully led the financial, organizational and operational turnaround of a virtually bankrupt company in 2008 towards a successful management buy-out in 2012.

Benoit joined SUSTINVEST as an associate in 2016.   

Magnus Bjorkman (1968)

A Swedish national with a CEMS master from Stockholm School of Economics (1994) and an MBA from Louvain School of Management (2007), Magnus started his career in ABB in Brussels followed by 13 years in Volvo Construction Equipment, where he held various senior finance positions in Belgium, Singapore, South Korea, China, and France.

He was then recruited to Vestas Wind System, based in Denmark, where he was the financial director for the manufacturing division, in more than 25 factories located around the world.

In 2014 he returned to Belgium to take up the role as Group CFO for Sarens Group, the world leader in Heavy Lifting and Specialized Transport Solutions. In Sarens he ao restructured the balance sheet by securing long term financing through a publicly traded bond.

In 2017 he started his cooperation with SUSTINVEST.

Team

Team

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