Huub van Beijeren is Stahl’s Chief Executive Officer since 2007. He has led the company through the financial crisis and succeeded in making Stahl the market leader in surface treatment and coating solutions for flexible materials. With more than 2,000 employees in 24 countries, Huub oversees our global organization and is focused on accelerating the process of turning Stahl, and the supply chain we serve, towards more responsible practices.
During his time at Stahl, Huub was in charge of the takeover and integration of Clariant Leather Services in 2014-2015 and BASF Leather Chemicals in 2017, transforming the group in a company with EUR 733.3 million turnover and an EBITDA of EUR 171.3 million in 2017.
In March 2016, Huub received an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Northampton, in recognition of the contribution to the international leather industry and support for the University’s endeavors in the area of leather education. Consecutively, Stahl and the University of Northampton work together to this day.
In recent years, he has guided Stahl towards even further initiatives, where we take our responsibility as an industry leader. Huub van Beijeren: “In my travels, I have observed how environmental and social responsibility has become the main topic of conversation with our customers and partners in the industry. Whether it is eliminating restricted substances, substituting solvent with water, using alternative energy sources, reducing pollution, improving water effluent management or implementing codes of conduct, Stahl is deeply involved in initiatives that are having a positive effect on the industry. Indeed, while Stahl is fully aware of the challenges, we continue to view them as a great opportunity, to take action and create a better future.”
Huub has broad experience in a variety of international manufacturing industries, public companies in a corporate governance environment and the private equity world. He has experience in working on a worldwide scale, in a diversity of cultures and circumstances.
Before joining Stahl, he was Director of the Paper and Packaging Industry of DS Smith plc. and at British VITA plc., a polymer manufacturer. Huub gained experience in the textile industry during his time as Director of four textile factories at Gamma Holding NV. Huub holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the University of Utrecht and an MSc in Company Law from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.