Stefan Van Doorslaer to become new CEO of Ahlers

Christian Leysen passes the torch on the first of January

Antwerp / Belgium / September 3

Antwerp, 27 August 2018 - On 1 January 2019, Stefan Van Doorslaer (46) will take over from Christian Leysen (64) as the CEO of Ahlers. Christian Leysen will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors and will primarily focus on the family holding activities of the AXE Group, which also includes Ahlers.

The Board of Directors of Ahlers has decided, on the proposal of Christian Leysen, to entrust Stefan Van Doorslaer (46) with the day-to-day management of Ahlers as of 1 January 2019. Stefan Van Doorslaer will take over from Christian Leysen, who has been active within the company since 1989, and has been Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1994 when Ahlers became fully family-owned again.

Stefan Van Doorslaer is an industrial engineer and holds an Executive MBA from Vlerick Business School. Previously, he worked at Katoennatie, Komatsu and Christian Salvesen. He joined Ahlers in 2006 and held various management positions in Belgium and abroad. During the past 10 years, he successfully worked on the expansion of Ahlers in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic States. In addition to his role as Managing Director of Ahlers for the CIS and the Baltic States, Stefan Van Doorslaer has also been Global Director Projects & Machinery since 2017.

Christian Leysen will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors and will primarily focus on the holding activities of the AXE Group (Ahlers, Xylos, AXE Investments). Christian Leysen and Stefan Van Doorslaer will work together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

"I am very happy that someone from within our company will succeed me", says Christian Leysen. "Stefan knows the company inside out and has proven that he can grow our activities in a sustainable way. We have complete confidence in the future of Ahlers and wish Stefan and his team every success. "

Stefan Van Doorslaer is grateful for the confidence: "I wish to thank Christian and the Board of Directors for their trust, the opportunities they have given me, including the opportunity to start this new chapter in my career and in the history of Ahlers." "Over the years, I have been able to determine the strengths of our company. In collaboration with all employees, we will now fully commit ourselves to the continuing success story of Ahlers. "

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