Dirk S.

Summary

Dear Reader,

I am looking for challenging opportunities in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia where I can make a substantial contribution using my transferrable skills, experiences and connections.

I am an experienced international executive with over 35 years of top management experiences in the Photochemistry, Electronic safety and security and Telecommunications sectors. My background includes start-up / new market entry; restructuring / successful turn around of struggling businesses; green and brownfield business development; merger & acquisitions; fund rising for businesses and managed corporate, private equity, private investments and venture capital investments throughout EMEA and South East Asia regions.

I am known as an innovator, a strong team leader conscious of the importance of inclusive management and commercially driven with track record to deliver results to stakeholders under challenging conditions.

I have a BSC in Electronics – Paardemarkt, Antwerp, Belgium, attended General Management courses at INSEAD France and Change Management at the Vlerick institute in Belgium.

I am fluent in 4 languages and am internationally mobile as such relocation is not a problem.

Looking forward hearing from you, kind regards, Dirk Smet

Experience

Interim CEO
FibreLink
Myanmar (Burma)
May-2015 - Present

• Applied for and acquired a national fibre backbone license with last mile service delivery in Myanmar
• Build the C- level management team
• Developed the strategic and financial business plans
• Developed local partner relationships
• Launched a USD 500 million funding process to be achieved through disbursements linked to agreed milestones

INTERIM CEO
DIVERSE ENERG
United Kingdom
June-2011 - October-2012

Leads the company; devising and implementing a rescue plan to redress serious financial problems

* Establishment of a crisis management organisation with clear definition of roles and responsibilities

* Introduction of stronger board control and creation of standard operating procedures and controls

* Review and implementation of cost cutting and cash savings throughout the company

* As a non executive director also coached the then Managing Director and acted as a strategic advisor to drive international expansion in Africa

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / SENIOR ADVISOR
OCTOPUS VENTURES UK PORTFOLIO COMPANIES
United Kingdom
January-2011 - October-2012

Non Executive board representations to Octopus Ventures (private equity fund) and acts as a business coach and mentor to Octopus Ventures portfolio companies

Education

Change Management
Vlerick Business School Ghent
Belgium
September-2010 - March-2011

Strategic business management, business transformation, change and transition management

Business Management (YMP)
INSEAD
France
September-1990 - December-1990

General management covering finance, accounting, strategic management, marketing, sales, HR, international business development

BSC
Stedelijke Nijverheidsschool Antwerpen Belgium
Belgium
October-1981 - June-1984

Electronic engineering