Board & Management

Board

Bent Grøver

Dr. Bent Grøver is the CEO of Skitude Group. He is an experienced investment professional, and holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in industrial mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr. Grøver is the Chairman of Kebony AS.

Gavin Roberts

Gavin Roberts is an Investment Director at Arts Alliance Ventures, a technology investor. Gavin has a Masters of Applied Finance (Macquarie University) and is a chartered accountant registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  Gavin joined Arts Alliance Ventures in 2008.  Prior to that his commercial experience included two years in Corporate Finance at Anglo American and eight years at Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory where he focused on private equity, first in Sydney and then in London.

Lindsay Poston

Lindsey Poston has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. After 12 years as a partner at McKinsey & Company, he went on to hold senior positions in the building products sector of Meyer International Plc/Saint-Gobain, where he was CEO of Timber Products, MD of Jewson and COO of Meyer/Saint-Gobain UK. In addition he served as a Board of Director for the HSS Hire Service Group, a private-equity backed business. He is also a non-executive director of The Brett Group, a privately held construction and building materials group in the UK.

Goedele Ertveldt

Goedele Ertveldt is an Investment Manager at SFPI-FPIM. Prior to this, Goedele had worked at Belfius Bank for 26 years in a variety of disciplines. From 1999-2002, she was employed as a financial analyst for Artesia Securities, covering the healthcare & biotechnology sector.  Goedele then moved to the Specialized Finance Department of Dexia Bank Belgium.  In November 2013, Goedele was appointed Head of Private Equity at Belfius Bank and in October 2017, she joined the Federal Holding and Investment Company as Investment Manager with a focus on Life Sciences. Currently, Goedele holds positions on the boards of different venture capital funds. Goedele earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Illinois (USA).

Roald Borré

Since 2011, Roald Borré has worked at Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen NV (PMV) where he has served as Head of Equity Investments and Manager of PMV-TINA, following a period of five years as an Entrepreneur. Roald started his professional career as a Financial Analyst at the Financieel Economische Tijd, and in 1999 he joined Puilaecto Private Bankers as Senior Fund Manager where he was responsible for managing various investment funds in different fields of innovation, a position he held until 2006. He is a Non-Executive Director of Biocartis Group NV and serves as a Board Member in different portfolio companies as well as a Member of several advisory boards. Mr. Borré graduated as a Master in Economic and Financial Sciences (HUB, Brussels, 1996).

Management

Norman Willemsen, CEO

Norman Willemsen an authentic leader with a passion for growth, Norman has a solid track record in spearheading success for complex and challenging businesses, he also has significant experience in developing and implementing multi-channel strategies.

Throughout his career Norman has worked with international organizations across a wide range of industries, from packaging to construction. Prior to joining Kebony, Norman held various senior leadership positions for Armstrong World Industries – a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions, where he played a pivotal role in delivering Armstrong’s continued growth and development.

Thomas Vanholme, CFO

Thomas has been the CFO at Kebony since 2019. Prior to Kebony, he contributed to the strategic and operational transformations of multiple private equity owned companies in various industries (building materials, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical). Thomas has a wealth of experience in strategy, optimization, fundraising and setting up solid finance teams. He started his career at KPMG Advisory and holds a masters degree in Commercial Engineering. In addition, he completed courses in Corporate Finance, Venture Capital and Private Equity at the Management Schools of KU Leuven and Vlerick.

Dirk Schilmöller, CCO

Dirk Schilmöller joined Kebony in 2018 as CCO. Prior to this, Dirk worked for Hansgrohe SE, first as Managing Director for the Middle East, and since 2016 as Vice President Sales CIS, Middle East & Africa; other previous roles include Sales Manager for SieMatic in Germany and the Middle East. He started his career in marketing, working at agencies in Germany, the United States and the UK. Dirk studied International Business Administration, majoring in Strategic Management and Marketing at the International School of Management in Dortmund, Germany and the European Business School in London, UK.

Richard Van Weert, COO

Richard joined Kebony in 2021 as COO. Prior to Kebony he held various leaderships roles across a wide range of industries, from Cosmetics, FMCG and through building & construction. Richard is an authentic leader with a broad background and large experience in operations. He has always had a strong commercial mindset and a passion for developing companies. Richard has a solid track record in revitalizing and transforming organizations by developing an organizational culture that is aimed at professionalizing processes in which transparency, entrepreneurship and solution-oriented action are central. Richard studied Technical Business Administration and completed various leaderships trainings/courses.

Main Owners

Arts Alliance Ventures

Arts Alliance Ventures is a venture capital organization managed by Thomas Høegh that supports high growth technology-enabled companies in Europe.

Höegh Capital Partners

Höegh Capital Partners is an investment group with interests associated with the Høegh Family and its professional partners.

Environmental Technologies Fund

Environmental Technologies Fund L.P. is a £110m venture and growth capital investment fund with a highly-focused mission: ”To support and finance fantastic growth companies whose products and services deliver a significant environmental and economic benefit”. ETF provides entrepreneurs with a top-quality venture capital group in Europe dedicated solely to Cleantech. The team is backed by leading institutional investors and has a great deal of experience – gathered over decades – of working in Venture Capital and with environmental companies. ETF is supported by the European Communities Growth and Employment Initiative.

Seventure Partners

As one of the leading venture capital firms in Europe, Seventure manages €500m and has being investing since 1997 in innovative businesses with high growth potential in Information and Communication Technologies and in Life Sciences. The Life Sciences team invests all over Europe. Its four preferred sectors are Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, Medtech, Industrial Biotech & Cleantech, and Lifestyle Healthcare & nutrition. A typical investment ranges from €500k to €10m per round, up to €20m per company, from early to later stage. Seventure is a subsidiary of Natixis Private Equity, the asset management company of Natixis, with over €4.2b in private equity investments.

Munich Venture Partners

Munich Venture Partners is a Venture Capital firm. The company is managed by senior managers from the high technology and energy industry, and experienced Venture Capital professionals. As the prime partner of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of the world’s leading research organizations for applied research, Munich Venture Partners is investing into selected high-tech startups in the environmental technology and energy sector.

Investinor

Investinor  is an evergreen investment company funded by the Norwegian government, managing NOK 4.2 billion (€ 500m). Investment terms and conditions are similar to private investors, with a clear exit strategy for all investments. Investinor invest in promising unlisted (private) companies aiming for international growth and expansion. Investinor takes minority stakes (less than 50%) in the portfolio companies, and focus on sectors with high potential in Norway, and in which our team has deep knowledge and extensive operational experience e.g. ICT, Oil and Gas, Biotech, Aquaculture and Forestry.

PMV

PMV NV is a Flemish investment company, financing promising entrepreneurs from conception through to the internationalization of their business, investing in large infrastructure projects. PMV has a particular focus on the sustainable economic development of Flanders, with demonstrable added value for both economy and society. Flemish government and PMV have set up a unique investment fund called TINA, which is a market-driven investment fund managed by PMV, activating 200 million euros in risk capital. This funding reinforces innovation, unlocks its strategic potential and accelerates commercialization.

SFPI-FPIM

The Federal Holding and Investment company was established in November 2006 and is owned by the Belgian state. SFPI-FPIM has 3 missions: stimulating public initiatives in the interest of the Belgian economy, supporting private companies in their development and growth process and, on specific request, managing strategic assets for the account of the Belgian government (delegated assignments). Primary focus lies on home based aviation, airports, networks (supply & infrastructure), real estate and innovation. Some of the company’s most important shareholdings are Belfius, BNP Paribas, Bpost, Brussels Airport Company, Euronext and Fluxys.