As of 14 February 2012, Willem van der Leegte has joined the management team of the VDL Groep in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He will be combining his new position as deputy director of the VDL Groep with his current position as managing director VDL Bus & Coach Nederland and VDL Bus & Coach Belgium.
Willem van der Leegte has been employed with the VDL Groep since 2004. He started at VD Leegte Metaal in Hapert (the Netherlands), the very origin of the VDL Groep. There he was introduced to all facets of the company, before focusing on sales. In 2007, he became managing director of VDL Bus & Coach Nederland and in 2010 of VDL Bus & Coach Belgium, making him
responsible for the sales and after sales of buses and coaches throughout the Benelux
Management Team VDL Groep
Alongside president Wim van der Leegte, the general board of the VDL Groep comprises four other members, namely Wim Maathuis, Jan Mooren, Theo Toussaint and Rini Vermeulen. The team is supported by eight deputy directors, Wim van Bakel, Simon Bambach, Rémi Henkemans, Jan Karssen, Christiaan Kluiters, Henri Koolen, Pieter van der Leegte and Willem van der Leegte.
The VDL Groep is a family business established in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte senior, the father of president Wim van der Leegte. Alongside Willem van der Leegte (aged 30), Wim van der Leegte’s other two children are also employed in the company. Pieter van der Leegte (aged 41) is
also a deputy director, responsible for purchasing, international sales and marketing. Jennifer van der Leegte (aged 32) is a member of the Supervisory Board and is employed at VDL Nederland in the finance department.
VDL Bus & Coach is part of the VDL Groep. VDL Groep, with its head office in Eindhoven, is an international company focused on the development, production and sales of semi-manufactured products, buses & coaches and finished products. In total, the group, with more than 7,100 employees, consists of 79 subsidiaries spread over 16 countries. The strength of the VDL lies in the mutual cooperation between the companies.
VDL Bus & Coach
The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after sales of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses. Manufacturing takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium. VDL Bus & Coach places high value on quality, safety, durability, comfort, low maintenance costs, low fuel consumption and the environment. Sales of VDL Bus & Coach products take place through a worldwide network consisting of corporate-owned sales offices, importers and agents in more than 30 countries. This makes it possible to offer custom-made transport solutions. For after-sales and maintenance, the client can count on rapid, hassle-free assistance from VDL Bus & Coach employees in any of the many service locations. An extensive distribution network ensures that spare parts and accessories are delivered to the requested destination as quickly as possible.
VDL Bus & Coach is one of the largest bus producers in Europe.