Management Team

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Paul van Vuuren

Since 1 December 2017, Paul van Vuuren (1958) has been CEO of VDL Nedcar and Deputy Director of VDL Groep.

After completing a higher technical decree in Commercial Management at Eindhoven, he started work as head of the administrative department of Winson Rubber C.V. in Maarheeze before beginning on a career in banking, in 1980. Over a 37-year period, he acquired extensive experience at ING as Change Manager and leader of high performance teams, and in his capacity as strategic partner mainly for the bank’s corporate clients. With a clear sense of passion, he helped people and organisations go from strength to strength by sparring with them about their ambition, their vision and their strategy. In his approach, the cultural aspect of organisations was a recurring point of principle. For Van Vuuren, culture is the defining factor for the optimum operation and performance of any organisation.
As the driving force behind a series of reorganisations at ING, he acquired extensive experience of managing major change processes. He also acquired considerable board experience and was able to develop a uniquely personal management style. He views his role as leader as an opportunity to empower people inside and outside our company. His approach relies on employee and customer satisfaction, based on his vision that working with pleasure and passion makes it possible to deliver topflight performance. Starting with this human focus, his goal is to achieve the tasks set. As a builder, he feels entirely at home in our company, constantly striving to improve the quality of the products he builds. By appealing to his own personal sense of initiative, and the knowledge and skills he has acquired, he aims to empower others by putting into practice his own core values of openness, respect, integrity and decisiveness. Following the restart of VDL Nedcar in 2014, our company experienced very rapid growth, from around 1,500 employees to more than 7,200 during peak periods, and from a production of around 30,000 cars in six months in 2014 to more than 200,000 cars in 2018. With the launch of four models in four years, the organisation became highly project driven. By achieving the perfect balance, the next task will be to guide the organisation to the next stage of its existence, as a stable, high-performance organisation.

Executive Vice President (EVP)

Jan Tulkens

Final Assembly Shop (FAS)

Jan Tulkens (1960) has been EVP Final Assembly at VDL Nedcar since 1 August 2017. He has more than 35 years automotive (OEM and Tier One) experience, managing operational teams in the entire value change from customers, shareholders and suppliers through to first-line employees and management teams.

Inalfa Roofsystems Group (2007 - 2017): starting as Vice President & Manufacturing Director at Inalfa, he advanced to become member of the Board of Management, Chief Executive Officer Europe and Chief Operating Officer Group. In his period at Inalfa, Jan developed and deployed a global production footprint in a multicultural, automotive business environment, with regional matrices aimed at promoting the growth of roof systems.

NedCar (1982 - 2007): starting as Junior Engineer, Jan developed via positions as Manufacturing Engineer, Process Engineer and Quality Engineer to General Manager, Unit Manager FAS for Quality and Operations Management. As Project Manager, Jan implemented the company redesign and evaluation for the next generation production organisation.

Executive Vice President (EVP)

René Vounckx

Production Development (PD) Engineering, Painted Body & Supply Control

René Vounckx (1966) has been employed at VDL Nedcar since 1 March 2013, where he started as VP PD Engineering. On 1 January 2015, he took on the Vice President (VP) project role, and launched the MINI Hatch, MINI Convertible and MINI Countryman/Countryman PHEV models. On 1 January 2017, René was appointed EVP Operations and since 1 August 2017 has occupied his current position as EVP PD Engineering, Painted Body & Supply Control.

René entered service at Ford Motor Company on 1 October 1990, and took the lead in all major car introductions within Ford Europe, until March 2013. During this period, he occupied a series of board positions at various locations including the Group-Staff Europe department and in the production plants in Genk (BE), Southampton (UK) and Keulen (DE). René graduated from the University of Technology at Diepenbeek (Belgium) in 1990 with a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Industrial Engineering.

Executive Vice President (EVP)

Sef van Montfort

Quality, Projects & Sales

Sef van Montfort (1961) holds nearly 35 years of experience in the automotive industry as he joined VDL Nedcar in the mid-eighties. He is one of VDL Nedcar's home grown executives and knows every part of the business inside out. In the early days he built his career working with renowned OEMs like Volvo, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz/Smart spending significant time in Sweden, Japan and other countries to integrate and test new production partners and models.

Sef has played an imperative role by leading the charge in finding a new partner and contractor for NedCar. He has successfully guided the integration process and is key in ongoing negotiations with stakeholders. Other senior roles include leading Project management, Process development, Supply chain, Information management, Purchase, Quality, Sales and Production. In all, he has guided teams through every step of the process, from the early start of cooperation until full production and phase out.

In working with different Original Equipment Manufactures OEMs and suppliers Sef tailored his management style, first-hand experiencing various corporate cultures. Knowing both strengths and weaknesses of different cultures and work ethics contributed to the success of VDL NC’s most recent integration.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Ton Wijnen

Strategy, Finance & Purchase

Ton Wijnen (1978) joined VDL Nedcar in November 2014. In his current role he is responsible for finance and purchase. He also takes the lead in developing and setting out our strategic agenda.

Before he joined VDL Nedcar, Ton was employed as Strategy Consultant at Roland Berger between 2011 and 2014. In this position he advised and supported businesses in major transformation projects. In 2012 and 2013, for example, he assisted VDL Nedcar in the transition from Mitsubishi to the current situation with VDL Groep as shareholders and BMW/MINI as customer. Between 2007 and 2010, Ton was employed as consultant for various companies in the field of Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). He started his career in 2002 as an International Tax Advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, having obtained degrees in Business economics and Tax law at Tilburg University.