In a press release, Dümmen Orange announced that Hugo Noordhoek Hegt will become the next Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2020. At the same date, current CEO Biense Visser will retire.
Hegt formally joins Dümmen on Nov. 1, allowing him time to further his knowledge of the company, its global operations and its clients. Following the transition period Biense will continue to support the delivery of the company’s strategy as a member of the Dümmen Orange Supervisory Board.
"I'm very happy with the decision of the Supervisory Board and I trust that given Hugo’s leadership and international business background the implementation of Dümmen Orange’s strategy will be accelerated," Visser said.
Hegt was born and raised in the Netherlands. He obtained a Master's degree in Law at Leiden University in 1986. After his military service, Hugo worked for 17 years at Akzo Nobel in a variety of roles spanning the globe. He fulfilled several sales and marketing management positions within the Coatings division in the Netherlands. In 1995, he was sent to China as a manager within a joint venture with Beijing Red Lion coatings. Following that, in 1997, he became Head of the Car Refinishes division in North Asia, initially based in Singapore and later in Shanghai. In 2001, Hegt was appointed Managing Director of the Global Non-Stick and High Heat Coatings business based in Chicago with manufacturing facilities in the US, South America, Europe and Asia.
In 2004, Hegt left Akzo Nobel for Swiss family-owned company Sicpa based in Lausanne with a remit to manage and then sell the Packaging Inks division. After closing the divestment in 2005, he was appointed as a board member of Siegwerk Druckfarben (the acquirer of the Sicpa business) in Cologne, Germany. Hugo left Siegwerk after 12 years in 2017 to support a start-up company called Fintech Foundry as a director and co-investor. In late 2018, he was also co-founder of X-Infex B.V. and joined its executive team. X-Infex develops new antimicrobial polymers to complement and expand the arsenal of existing treatments against infections.
“Hugo has been a highly successful executive in a variety of roles and industries” said Jean-Baptiste Wautier, chairman of the Supervisory Board for Dümmen Orange. “Even more important, he's a great fit for Dümmen Orange having demonstrated strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and leadership throughout his career. We're delighted that he's accepted the position.”
“I'm honoured and grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional company of creative, dedicated and talented professionals,” said Hegt, per the release. “We produce innovative, relevant and beautiful products every day, which impact the world far beyond where we live. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome.”