Kristof H.

Summary

An articulate and focused Management professional with extensive international experience in Operations, Project Management, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Engineering in the FMCG, Construction and Aviation sectors. A track record of developing and implementing delivery of capital projects and operational & maintenance strategies, and success in fast-growing/changing environments with in-depth ability to understand complex business issues, used to adhering to and managing deadlines and meeting the expectations of stakeholders.

Excellent communicator, professional and a well-presented individual with outstanding people management skills who leads by example with excellent mentoring skills. Proven ability to solve problems methodically and practically. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and a respectful and collaborative approach to developing successful and sustainable working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

Key Skills

• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead multi-disciplined teams.
• Leadership and strategic decision-making skills underpinned with sound judgement and good sense.
• Approachable and understanding of both individual, corporate and regulatory needs.
• Strategic, operational and tactical awareness.
• Build a culture of empowerment, accountability and engagement that underpins successful delivery and an effective working environment.
• Exceptional influencing and negotiation skills.

Experience

Professional Contractor
Primium's gcv
Belgium
January-2017 - Present

Professional Contractor – Ghana & Belgium

• Promasidor Ghana - Asked to return on a consultancy basis to project manage two greenfield factories including design and specs, tendering, contracts with architects and contractors and budget control
• Omni Wood, Belgium – Project management for trading activities, procurement, business development and expansion plans for this construction company.

Operations Director
Promasidor Ghana
Ghana
September-2008 - December-2016

Promasidor Ghana Ltd
Operations Director

• Reported to the MD and had management responsibility for department heads - Operations, Supply Chain, Fleet, QA, Engineering, Production, and Warehouse. Total headcounts of 400 plus staff.
• Expanded the plant capacity while improving production yield for the 24/7 operation during a period of business growth with output increased by 700% over eight years.
• Introduced TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) that improved OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
• Responsible for procurement and inbound logistics of all raw materials, packaging materials and micro-ingredients and supply contracts with critical suppliers.
• Vendor relationship management.
• Development of new products with the assistance of R&D.
• Budgeting and procurement of all capex assets ranging from plant and office equipment to cars and trucks.
• Involved in regional group activities: development of export activities and operational assessment of acquisition targets.

Highlights

• Project Management from design to completion: start-up and expansion of production facility for seasoning tablets, construction of new factory with monthly output of 1500+ mt dairy products, construction of new HQ, expansion and renovation of existing 3000 m2 raw materials warehouse, development of a new 4000 m2 distribution center with the storage capacity of 6000 pallets.
• Creator of the Onga bouillon tablet in 2011 which grew from 0% to 60% of market share in six years.

Chief Operating Officer
Nahco Aviance plc
Nigeria
August-2006 - July-2008

NAHCo (Nahco Aviance plc), Nigeria
Chief Operating Officer

Approached to work with the senior management team to transition the business from part-government owned organisation to a plc.

• Responsible for over 1200 staff in the Operations Division covering ramp and load control, passenger services, cargo, ground support equipment (GSE) maintenance, ICT and facilities.
• Reviewed standard ground handling agreements (SGHA) and implemented SLAs.
• Formulated ground support equipment (GSE) fleet policies, renewal and standardisation of an ageing fleet, including tender negotiations and contract establishment for the supply of GSE and ancillary services worth USD 6 million.
• Increased GSE availability from 84% to 95% in less than one year.
• Implemented a cost-cutting exercise for the division with a negative impact on operations.
• Completed the dormant HERMES Logistics Technologies cargo automation project as Project Champion in 2007 minimising revenue leakage and reducing process times for the clearance of import cargo.
• Completed remodelled and expansion of Export Facility including X-ray and CCTV installation.
• Outsourced estate management of offices and warehouses rented by airlines, freight forwarders and agents leading to profitable and improved estate services.
• Implemented a 24/7 in-house ICT support team for the check-in and boarding systems (ARINC) with significant monthly cost savings.
• IAHA Africa – Chairman of Procurement workgroup (International Aviation Handlers’ Association).
• Contact point for industry associations: IATA Ground Handling Council, IAHA.
• The acting head of the company in the absence of the MD.

Highlights

• Initiated and integrated the company into the ‘Aviance’ alliance of handlers (admission in November 2007) which lead to the name change ‘Nahco Aviance plc.'
• Responsible for increasing client portfolio from 22 to 30 airlines with a 100% retention rate.
• Implemented a transformational programme of support, training and coaching in the division to encourage them to be more accountable, take responsibility and promote a collaborative team working culture and offer better levels of service.

General Manager - Parts & Service
Pasico Ghana Ltd.
Ghana
May-2003 - June-2006

Supporting the sales of heavy equipment with excellent after-sales services:
SMV Konecranes port equipment
Manitowoc Grove Potain cranes
Jungheinrich forklifts
JCB construction equipment

Start-up of safety inspection and certification of lifting equipment according to OSHA standards

Maintenance Manager
Aviance Ghana Ltd. (AFGO)
Ghana
January-1999 - March-2003

Assured availability and serviceability of all airport ground support equipment and facilities for this airport ground handling company.

Education

Postgraduate Business Economics
KU Leuven
Belgium
September-1994 - June-1995

Postgraduate Business Economics (Aanvullende studies Bedrijfseconomie)
KU Leuven

Master of Engineering
KU Leuven
Belgium
September-1990 - June-1994

Master of Engineering, electromechanical
Ku Leuven, Faculty of engineering technology 'Groep T'