MANAGEMENT

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Christian Onselaere

Christian Onselaere

CEO

Christian heads ADB SAFEGATE, a world leader for advanced solutions for aircraft guidance on the ground. He has more than 30 years of international experience in the telecommunication and airport industries in leadership roles in general management, sales and marketing, project management and R&D.

Prior to assuming his role at ADB SAFEGATE, Christian was Head of ADB, an advanced solutions provider for aircraft guidance on the ground with an annual sales revenue of 190 million Euro and over 500 employees. In 2005, Christian was Executive Vice-President of Siemens in Thailand and before that, Managing Director of Siemens Réseaux Informatique et Telecommunications in France. He was also responsible for a team that set up and managed Siemens’ Information and Communication Networks (ICN) R&D Centre for Communication Software in Bangalore, India in 1994. He started his career in 1985 as a Software Development Engineer with Siemens in Belgium. Over the years, Christian worked in different divisions at Siemens across locations including Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, India, France and Thailand.

Christian holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering from the University of Gent in Belgium

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Sébastien Dreyer

Sébastien Dreyer

CFO

Sébastien Dreyer is the CFO for ADB SAFEGATE. Prior to this he has been the Financial Officer of the ADB GROUP since late 2013. He oversaw the company’s financial planning, management and reporting activities, IT and Legal.

With two decades of relevant experience across multiple sectors, Sébastien has held management and leadership roles in large multinational corporations, in services, industrial services and packaging. After an early stint at Société Générale, he went on to work as Group Treasurer at FM Logistic and Geodis, in the logistics sector, and at Havas, a global advertising and communications firm.

Prior to relocating to Belgium, he was based in Paris, France where he was UK CFO and Group Treasury and Tax Director, Global Closure Systems, for more than six years.

Sébastien is an Alumnus of HEC Business School where his primary specialization was in Finance.

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Per-Olof Hammarlund

Per-Olof Hammarlund

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

PO is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ADB Safegate. Prior to this, he has been CEO of Safegate Group since 1999, and an international businessman for more than 35 years.

He has held several managerial positions in multinational companies on three different continents. PO has more than 25 years of experience as managing director in different industries such as building material, machine works shop, mineral and telecom industries.

PO’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science-program in Finance and Administration at Lund University in Sweden. PO’s passion is doing business, boosting company growth and helping employees to flourish.

PO watches a lot of football and especially the work of the coach as it inspires him on how to build a team.

 

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Steve Rutland

Steve Rutland

COO

Steve started his career in the airfield industry in 1998, working as a project manager in the Safegate Group. Prior to that Steve worked in the mining industry in Australia at diverse locations, primarily with project and asset management. During his time at Safegate, Steve held a number of positions, including Managing Director in the UAE, General Manager in Sweden and Managing Director in Australia. Throughout his time at Safegate, Steve has always had a strong focus on delivering projects and the project life cycle, a focus which continues today.

Steve’s primary qualifications are a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Engineering (Project Management) from Deakin University in Melbourne.

Steve’s guiding belief is that the workplace should be a positive and rewarding environment, as this is the key to an organisation’s success. When not at work, Steve likes to “get away from it all”!

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Joe Pokoj

Joe Pokoj

Vice President Americas

Joe is Vice President of Americas for ADB SAFEGATE. Joe, an airfield lighting industry veteran with decades of experience, is a proven executive in both engineering and sales capacities. He has held multiple positions at ADB, starting as an electrical engineer and quickly moving to Project Engineering Manager where he was responsible for project management of control systems for the North American market. In 1999, he became the Director of Sales and Marketing, which included responsibility for airfield lighting sales in North America and international U.S. military, business development, marketing and technical services. Joe’s role expanded in 2010 when he became Director of Sales and Marketing for all of the Americas.

He has an Electrical Engineering Degree from DeVry Institute of Technology and an MBA from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

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LAURENT PEETERS

LAURENT PEETERS

Vice President of HR

As Vice President of HR, Laurent partners with senior leadership, develops and leads the HR & People strategy and the organizational development programs for the new group to support and facilitate the merge/integration and assure a sustainable growth.

Laurent brings human resource and business partner experiences acquired from several international organizations in various industries including media/press, consulting, engineering, building solutions and materials. Prior to ADB SAFEGATE, Laurent served as Head of Human Resources & OD for Consolis group (Construction & Engineering) in a post merger context and as HR Director for Western Europe within the Knauf group (Building materials).

Holding a master degree in Political Sciences from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and graduated in HR & Organizational Management (ISC/HEC) he completed later an Executive Master in Business Management at the Solvay Business School of Brussels.

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