Lecta Group appoints new CEO


Gilles Van Nieuwenhuyzen will become the new CEO of Lecta Group with effect from 1 March 2022. He will also be appointed as Director of Lecta Ltd succeeding Eduardo Querol. Gilles Van Nieuwenhuyzen has a vast and diversified experience in different industries, such as chemicals (DSM), packaging, paper, and board (Rexam and Stora Enso), and food ingredients (Danisco and CSM). He has also served several positions as independent advisor and top interim executive. Gilles has proven all along his career a successful focus on the same pillars which form the basis of Lecta transformation today. He will drive with energy and passion our path to profitable growth through innovation, value selling and focused investment while developing further the company’s operational excellence initiatives. Gilles’ last position was Executive Vice President and Head of the Packaging Solutions Division at Stora Enso, responsible for containerboard and corrugated and consumer packaging. Gilles graduated from Delft University of Technology (MSc) and Insead (MBA) and is a Dutch national. «It’s a pleasure to welcome Gilles to Lecta, » states Lecta President Dermot F. Smurfit. «I’m convinced his deep experience and management drive will help us in the transformation project of our Company. I would also like to thank Eduardo for the very professional way he has dealt with the transition period during the last few months. As announced, Eduardo will become Vice Chairman of the Group and Special Advisor to the Chairman».