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Henk Coppens new Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach bv, our Strategic GPN Partner

With effect from 15 March 2017, Henk Coppens has been appointed new Managing Director VDL Bus & Coach bv. He succeeds Rémi Henkemans who, in his capacity as Vice President VDL Groep, will be putting all his energy into a new portfolio. Henk Coppens has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the buses & coaches division within VDL Group since 2015. Together with Marcel Jacobs, the current Commercial Director of VDL Bus & Coach, he has assumed Rémi Henkemans’ commercial responsibilities.

Henk Coppens Following 30 years of experience in various CEO positions at Philips Lighting (professional lighting and LED lighting divisions) and Ducatt (special glass for solar panels), Henk Coppens (57 years old) was hired 2 years ago to serve as COO of the buses & coaches division within VDL Groep. In this position he implemented an improvement programme in close cooperation with all the companies within the buses & coaches division. The main focus areas of the programme were quality, chain management, innovation and marketing, and sales. An important element of this was a significant investment in the training and coaching of over 200 employees in project-based improvement. Even in his new position as Managing Director Henk will continue to oversee these improvement programmes.
see picture below: On the left side Henk Coppens, Managing Director, and on the right side Marcel Jacobs, Commercial Director VDL Bus & Coach bv’