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June 05, 2024
Apheon Appoints Mr. Ruud Sondag to its Board of Senior Advisors


Apheon, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm, is excited to share that Mr. Ruud Sondag has joined its Board of Senior Advisors, effective 3 June 2024. In his new appointment, Ruud will support Apheon’s efforts in the Benelux region, and will bring expertise in strategy and operations in various sectors.

Mr. Ruud Sondag is a Dutch national who brings more than 35 years of experience, with a proven CEO track record which spans the logistics, energy, waste management and recycling sectors. He is a strategic thinker with strong operational execution power having successfully led organizations in transition and is a recognized thought leader in the fields of circular economy and energy transition. Ruud most recently served as crisis interim-CEO of Royal Schiphol Group from 2022-2024, one of Europe’s biggest hub airports.

Prior to this, Ruud served at Eneco Groep for 5 years first as crisis interim-CEO, before being appointed as Senior Advisor to the Board. He was also CEO of Van Gansewinkel Groep (now Renewi) for a period of 11 years. Under his leadership, the company became a major player in the European waste treatment sector. Ruud is a member of the Supervisory Board of several companies, including Faerch Group, Eteck, Vos Logistics and has previously held Supervisory Board positions at multiple prominent logistics and energy companies primarily in the Benelux, including Port of Rotterdam, ProRail and Faber Halbertsma Group.

Pieter Lambrecht, Partner at Apheon, commented: “We’re extremely fortunate to have Ruud onboard. He brings a highly experienced perspective, a broad network in the Netherlands and beyond and is also a vibrant personality that fits well with the team. Apheon’s Senior Advisors are integral to our value creation processes; we therefore look forward to Ruud’s dynamic contributions not only across the portfolio, but also as a valuable knowledge resource in a variety of sectors. He is a fantastic addition and is a testament to the world-class platform we continue to build at Apheon.”

Ruud Sondag commented: “Over the course of my career I’ve had the chance to lead many organisations in transition. I’m now proud to be joining Apheon’s Board of Senior Advisors. I truly believe in Apheon’s focus on partnerships with families and founders, its pan-European approach and the aim to transform and grow companies. I look forward to leveraging my experience and supporting this excellent team in creating leading companies in Europe.

Apheon’s Senior Advisors help drive value by partnering with the Apheon investment team and portfolio company management teams to identify new opportunities and to scale champions across Europe. Ruud’s appointment follows the January appointment of Mrs. Barbara Cimmino, a retail and sustainability veteran.

About Apheon
Apheon is a pan-European mid-market private equity investment company managing ~€3 billion of assets from select global institutional investors and families. Apheon is characterized by its partnership approach, providing “patient and friendly capital” and industrial know-how to entrepreneurs and management teams, preparing their companies for the future. Apheon partners with leading companies with a sustainable, competitive position in attractive niche sectors, acting as a gateway into Europe for companies in the mid-market. Since its founding in 2005, Apheon has invested in ~40 companies across Europe and completed ~180 add-on acquisitions for a total aggregate transaction value in excess of €7 billion. Apheon’s current portfolio consists of 20 companies across its target sectors, representing €3 billion sales and more than 20,000 employees. Apheon is advised by Apheon Advisors which has offices in Brussels, Milan, Madrid, Paris, Munich, and Amsterdam. For more information, please visit www.apheon.com.


For more information, please contact:

John Mansvelt, COO, Apheon
T: +32 2 213 60 90

Natalia Yek, Head of Investor Relations, Apheon
T: +32 2 213 60 90

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