Leadership team

Charles Menkhorst

Chief Executive Officer

Charles Menkhorst joined Euroports as the Group CEO in 2011. Charles describes the overall turnaround of Euroports into a financially stable multinational company with great growth potential as his key accomplishment.

Charles joined Euroports from APM Terminals, where he held the position of CEO for Africa, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent region.

Charles has over 20 years of experience in the port and logistics industry where he has held leadership positions in commercial, operations, strategy and general management with several global supply chain companies. Charles has lived and worked in the USA, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Charles holds a Master’s degree in economic sciences from Nijenrode University in Breukelen, the Netherlands.

Olivier van Noort

Chief Operating Officer

Olivier van Noort joined Euroports in 2013 as Group Operations Support Director and was appointed Group COO in 2016.

Olivier joined Euroports from Impala Terminals, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trafigura group. As Global COO he has various key responsibilities, including overall responsibility for the group operations, development and implementation of new assets/terminals, QHSE, Process Excellence (PEX), and IT.

Oliver has over 15 years of experience in the port, logistics and mining industry and has held various senior management positions in the Netherlands and Australia.

Olivier holds two Master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Maaike Schipperheijn

Chief Financial Officer

Maaike Schipperheijn joined Euroports in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director. Some of Maaike’s current responsibilities include Business Finance, Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions, Controlling, Planning & Appraisal, Tax, Internal Audit & Insurance.

Before joining Euroports, Maaike held various finance leadership roles at Shell. She was previously Global Change Manager for Finance with Shell, leading part of the post-merger integration between Shell and BG. Maaike has lived and worked in Russia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands.

Maaike holds a Master’s degree in business economics from Maastricht University, the Netherlands and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Sonja Nitschke

Chief Commercial Officer

Sonja Nitschke joined Euroports as CCO in January 2018, and is responsible for all Commercial activities on a global and country level as well as for Marketing & Communications.

Sonja joins Euroports from Hellmann Worldwide Logistics where she was Managing Director for Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Sonja has over 20 years of commercial and entrepreneurial experience in the logistics and freight forwarding industry. Sonja’s previous leadership roles include Managing Director (Belgium, Netherlands, France) at UTi Worldwide where she was responsible for the Freight Forwarding and Logistics operation. She has also held the position of Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for Europe, Middle East & North Africa responsible for Global & Local Sales, Marketing & Communication, Tender Management & Solutions Design.

Sonja holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration & Economics from the University of Hagen, Germany.

Patrick Biesdorf

Group Legal Counsel

Patrick Biesdorf joined Euroports in 2007 as Corporate Lawyer, was appointed Group Legal Counselor 2011. He became a Member of the ExCom in 2014.

Before joining Euroports, Patrick worked as trainee solicitor (Rechtsreferendar) at Staab & Kollegen Law Firm in Germany and at William Fry Solicitors and Tax Advisors in Ireland.

Patrick started his career with Euroports at their offices in Luxembourg and relocated to the Netherlands in 2013. To date he has played a key role in the consolidation of the corporate group structure (including mergers and acquisitions and joint-venture structures), the implementation of the corporate-financing structure, and numerous restructuring projects.

Patrick is a fully qualified German Lawyer (First and Second State Examination) with degrees and certifications from the University of Trier, Germany, and the Appellate Court of Saarbrücken, also in Germany.


Lucrece Reybroeck

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lucrece Reybroeck joined Euroports as CHRO in 2010 and works closely with all business functions to ensure Corporate HR practices are implemented in areas including leadership growth, reward, culture, diversity and inclusion, learning and development and compliancy.

Mrs. Reybroeck joined Euroports from DHL’s European headquarters and sales organization, where she led various complex business transformation and integration projects as HR Director.

Lucrece Reybroeck has over 30 years of experience in the logistics industry.

She holds master’s degrees in law and education from Ghent University, Belgium.

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Marco Pineda Mulder

Chief Information Officer

Marco Pineda Mulder joined Euroports as Group IT Director in 2014.

Before joining Euroports, Mr. Pineda Mulder worked for 20 years as an auditor, consultant and change manager in a variety of industries such as logistics and  mining. With his background in managing organisational change programs, he played a key role in a Business and IT transformation program at Euroports. Marco Pineda holds a master’s degree in Finance and Control from MVP, Markus Verbeek Praehep, the Netherlands.


David Ackerman

Group Operations Support/QHSE Director

David Ackerman joined Euroports as the Group QHSE Director in 2014 and was promoted to Group Operations Support Director in 2016.  As Group Operations Support Director, he oversees QHSE, Operations Excellence, Asset Engineering, Procurement, and Risk Management/Insurance.

Mr. Ackerman joined Euroports from Impala Warehousing and Logistics (a Trafigura company) where he held the position of Global HSEC Manager.

Mr. Ackerman has over 10-years of experience in terminal operations with a diverse background of roles and responsibilities.  He has held leadership positions in QHSE and compliance, training and development, quality control, process improvement, and operations.  An American citizen, Mr. Ackerman lives in The Netherlands and has worked in 20 countries in various scopes and capacities throughout his career.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in the United States where he was a member of Golden Key National Honor Society.


Guy Pasmans

CEO, Manuport Logistics

Guy Pasmans joined Euroports in 2004, where he realized a major growth plan for Manuport Logistics through acquisitions, the creation of new subsidiaries and natural growth, realizing an almost tenfold increase in both EBITDA and workforce in 10 years’ time.

Before joining Euroports, Mr. Pasmans had been CFO at Unie van Redding en Sleepdiensten (URS, Towage and Salvage Union).

Previously, Guy Pasmans has been a chartered accountant with Deloitte for 6 year, where the majority of his customers were in the maritime business.

Mr. Pasmans holds a bachelor’s degree in tax and finance, studied middle management at Vlerick Business School and followed an international executive program at INSEAD Fontainebleau.


Geert Gekiere

Managing Director & Operations Director, Belgium

Geert Gekiere joined Euroports in 2012, first as Finance Director and from 2016 onward as Managing Director and Operations Director of Euroports Belgium. He is responsible for the terminals in Belgium, and leads the entire Euroports team as managing director.

Before joining Euroports, Mr. Gekiere had several financial management positions with a number of domestic and foreign groups, including Vandermoortele, Neckermann Postorders and Thomas Cook.

Gekiere holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and tax from Zuid-West-Vlaanderen University and a postgraduate degree in corporate finance from Leuven University, Belgium.

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Timo Lehtinen

Managing Director, Euroports Finland

Timo Lehtinen joined Euroports Finland as Managing Director in 2017.

Mr. Lehtinen joined Euroports from Boliden Harjavalta, where he had various key leadership roles, including Head of Operations and Technical Director.

Other previously held positions include Vice President Supply Chain at Oras Group and Managing Director at Oras in Poland.

Timo Lehtinen holds a degree in applied sciences from Satakunta University in Finland.

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Marco Corbellini

Managing Director, Euroports Italy

Marco Corbellini joined Euroports as CFO in 2008, where he facilitated the integration of Italy in the Euroports Group, and in 2012 was appointed Managing Director, implementing a complex financial, operational and commercial turnaround.

Mr. Corbellini joined Euroports from Thule Group, where he held the position of CFO for different business areas.

Marco Corbellini has over 25 years of experience, 10 of which in the port and logistics industry. He has held leadership positions in finance, strategy and general management in Europe, and has been board director in several countries for a number of companies, such as Bianchi and Cycleurope.

Mr. Corbellini holds a university degree in economic sciences from Pavia University in Italy.


Karsten Lentz

Managing Director & Operations Director, Euroports Germany

Karsten Lentz joined Euroports in 2013 and has been Managing Director since 2016. His overall responsibilities include operations, commercial, HR, QHSE and Process Excellence for the German organization.

Mr. Lentz joined Euroports through the 100% acquisition of Seehafen Rostock Umschlagsgesellschaft, where he served as General Manager for the grain and fertilizer terminals, and as Head of Controlling / Procurement and IT. He was previously Operations Director and Commercial Director for the Euroports Germany group.

Karsten Lentz has more than 15 years experience in port and general management since he switched in 2001 to the ports and logistics industry from consulting firm ECOVIS.

Karsten Lentz holds a master’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Rostock, Germany.


Werner Cramers

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Werner Cramers joined Euroports China as CEO in 2003. After starting and developing the Changshu Terminal into the leading forest products hub in Asia, he has recently guided the creation of Euroports’ second Chinese deep-sea terminal in Gaolan (Zhuhai).

Mr. Cramers came to Euroports from the former Westerlund Group, which he joined in 1988 as Terminal Manager in the port of Antwerp. After 6 years in Belgium, he did a greenfield terminal start-up in Indonesia, before running the China operation of Westerlund Group from 1996 onwards.

Werner Cramers has extensive experience in operational terminal management with focus on wood pulp and general cargo. For many years, he has been responsible for all Asian activities of the group.

Mr. Cramers holds a master degree in nautical science from the Antwerp Nautical College in Belgium.

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Dirk Pergoot

Managing Director, Sals AD, Bulgaria

Since 2000, Dirk Pergoot is Managing Director of Euroports Group member Sals AD in Varna, Bulgaria. Sals AD’s main tasks are logistic services as in-plant logistic partner, quarry operators and warehousing, transporting and packing for fertilizer customers.

Before joining the Euroports Group, between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Pergoot held interim management functions in logistics and general management in Eastern Europe.

Dirk Pergoot started his career in the late 1980’s as sales manager in Germany, Holland, and Belgium. In 1993 he was appointed Sales and Logistics Director at Amylum Bulgaria, a major starch and liquid sugar producer, before joining the Turkish subsidiary Amylum Nisasta to reorganize their sales and logistic team.

Dirk Pergoot holds a master’s degree from the RUG University in Ghent, Belgium, and specialized at the Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Pablo Garcia

Managing Director, Euroports Iberica, Spain

Pablo Garcia is the Managing Director of Euroports Iberica since 2016. He joined Euroports Iberica as Finance Manager in 2003 and was promoted to the Group M&A team in London in 2010. Continuing his international role, in 2013 Mr. Garcia was appointed Group Operational Excellence Director at the headquarters in Amsterdam, leading projects in the different countries where Euroports is present.

Before joining Euroports, Pablo Garcia developed his career at different companies such as Borges Group and Innova Holding, assuming leadership roles in IT.

Mr. Garcia is an engineer with a master’s degree in business administration and has followed an advanced management program at IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.