Stefan Van Doorslaer new CEO of Ahlers
Christian Leysen passed the torch on 1 January 2019
Antwerp / Belgium
On 1 January 2019, Stefan Van Doorslaer (46) succeeded Christian Leysen (64) as CEO of Ahlers. Christian Leysen remains Chairman of the Board of Directors and primarily focuses on the family holding activities of the AXE Group, which also includes Ahlers.
In October last year the Board of Directors of Ahlers, on the proposal of Christian Leysen, agreed to entrust Stefan Van Doorslaer (46) with the day-to-day management of Ahlers as of 1 January 2019. Stefan Van Doorslaer succeeds Christian Leysen who was active within the company since 1989 and became Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors in 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 was also Global Director Projects & Machinery.
Christian Leysen remains Chairman of the Board of Directors and primarily focuses on the holding activities of the AXE Group (Ahlers, Xylos, AXE Investments). At present Christian Leysen and Stefan Van Doorslaer work together to ensure a smooth transition.
"I am very happy that someone from within our company has succeeded 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. "