Officers and Supervisory Board
Mr. E.J. Simon
Chief Executive Officer
When Elliot Simon 18 years ago joined Van Hessen to work on his university master’s thesis, he was not familiar with casings, slaughterhouses or meat processing at all. He was primarily interested in experiencing China and finishing his International Affairs studies. After some time Elliot became intrigued and passionate about casings and the company. And as of today he even more feels this passion and strives with the company to be the best in converting a by-product into a beautiful natural packaging material. This objective can only be achieved with a great team effort. The ultimate satisfaction is a sausage maker asking for more casings.
His career at Van Hessen started in 1997 as a trainee. Step by step he evolved his career and became CEO in 2009. He continuously focussed on contributing the maximum and trying hard to become a master in his profession. Even now, given that Van Hessen is worldwide market leader in the casing industry, Elliot believes the company can add more value to its customers and suppliers and grow the business with his team. He is proud there is so much knowledge, passion and dedication at Van Hessen, which for him is a strong requirement for the continuity of the company. Supported by his experienced team Elliot can relax from time to time and spend time with his family and close friends, practice sports and read an inspiring book.
Mr. J.W. Vreeburg
Group Business Development Director
Working passionately, being successful and getting rewarded based on contribution are the keywords to describe the career of Jan-Willem Vreeburg who joined the Van Hessen Group in 1993. As a shareholder and Business Development Director Jan-Willem finds his inspiration in the complexity of this independent and unlisted leader in natural casings, one of the last commodities in the world without a market listing. His sharp eye for smart innovations and acquisition opportunities around the world combined with his strong belief in the need for constant improvement of products and processes are a major contribution to the continuous leadership and strategic global presence of the Van Hessen Group.
In his free time, when not exploring new business opportunities for the company, Jan-Willem enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.