Hans van Haarst will resign as CEO

The Board of Management of Royal Smit & Zoon today announces that Hans van Haarst – CEO will resign from his position effective immediately and leave the organization with an orderly transition on July 31, 2023. Marc Smit will assume the CEO role in the Board with immediate effect.

During the past 10 years Hans van Haarst has served as the CEO of our company and worked with expertise, energy and dedication to position where Royal Smit & Zoon is today. Highlights of his accomplishments, include: our industry leading approach to ESG, the acquisition of Codyeco, the expansion of our global presence and footprint, and creation of the Nera subsidiary.

Commented Marc Smit – owner: “Hans has served two years on our advisory board and subsequently 10 years as our CEO.
We are grateful for what Hans has achieved for our company, customers and the leather industry as a whole through the many projects and initiatives he has been passionately involved in. The current market conditions and evaluation what the company need to move forward, made us decide to go separate ways. We wish Hans success, health and enjoyment in the continuation of his career and future endeavors.”

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