Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for the executive management of the Agidens group worldwide. The Executive Committee is composed of six members:

Geert Stienen - CEO

Geert Stienen (°1974) graduated from UHasselt as a Commercial Engineer specialising in operational management and logistics in 1997.  He supplemented his degree with courses at IMD (Lausanne) and INSEAD (Fontainebleau), amongst others, in strategy and leadership. 
His career began at Ernst & Young, and then he moved to the fast-moving consumer goods giant Henkel, with responsibility for the Benelux region.  After turning the Rus Group around as CFO, he took on a new challenge in 2004 as Lead of the Corporate Reorganisation Services department of Deloitte.  In 2008, he joined Agidens (formerly Egemin) as Chief Financial Officer, becoming Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the group in 2015.  He is also the CEO of Baarbeek Immo NV and holds various managerial posts. 

Arnoud den Hoedt - General Manager Oil & Gas

Arnoud den Hoedt (°1964) graduated from the Polytechnic Faculty of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, in Mechanical Engineering/Flexible Production Automation in 1989. In the ensuing thirty years he became a specialist in the automation of industrial processes in various market segments. In 2006 he joined what was then Egemin in the Netherlands, becoming a board member a year later in 2007 at the headquarters in Zwijndrecht near Antwerp. In this role, he worked on the gradual growth of Agidens’ activities in the processing industry with a special passion for the commercial side of the job. Arnoud den Hoedt has also been involved in the management of various (sector) organisations for many years now. 


Ken watzeels - General Manager Infra Automation

Ken Watzeels (°1980) graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in 2004. Since then, he worked as a licensed civil engineer at BESIX, of which he worked 4 years in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and 11 years in the Netherlands. He mainly worked on large construction projects, but in the Netherlands the focus was primarily on projects related to waterways. Ken joined Agidens at the beginning of 2020 and since May 2020 he is General Manager of Agidens Infra Automation and a member of the Executive Committee.

Jo Janssens - General Manager Food & Fine Chemicals

Jo Janssens (°1973) graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a Bioengineer in Cell and Gene Technology in 1996. In 1997 he obtained a Masters in Economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1997 where he spent 13 years working in various supply chain roles in Belgium and France. He went on to join Agidens (formerly Egemin) as Chief Operations Manager in charge of HR, QA, Procurement, IT and Operations across the various divisions. He continued in this role at Agidens following the divestiture of the Egemin Material Handling division to the Kion group. Since 2019, Jo has been General Manager of Food & Fine Chemicals in addition to his role in HR and QA.

Pieter Tilkens - General Manager Life Sciences

Pieter Tilkens (°1967) is General Manager of the Life Sciences division and member of the Executive Board at Agidens. Pieter graduated from De Nayer as an Industrial Engineer in 1989.  He then followed the Middle Management programme at the Vlerick Management School.
Pieter’s career began in 1991 at Exxon Mobile where he worked as an Application Engineer, before joining ICCE in Switzerland as GMP Compliance Consultant. In 1997, Pieter joined Agidens (formerly Egemin) where he set up the Life Sciences division. He took up his place on the Executive Board in 2015.

Steven Peeters - CFO

Steven Peeters (°1981) has been CFO and member of the Executive Board at Adigens since 2015. He has a Masters in Applied Economic Sciences (University of Antwerp, 2005), and following his studies he worked at Deloitte Company Auditors before joining Agidens in 2010.  He is responsible for Finance & Accounting, Facilities, ICT, Fleet and Procurement at Agidens.


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