Meet The Board & Global Leadership Team

The board

Marc Smit, Owner

“At Royal Smit & Zoon, we do business differently. With passion, know-how, and with loyalty. Throughout our almost 200-year history, our family business has demonstrated its loyalty to its customers, personnel and principles time and again, always building on our professional, flexible and global approach. Loyalty means being faithful and honest. Which defines our values precisely: to respect our customers, our principles and to each other.”

Dennis Maas, CFO

“Our position in the global leather industry gives us opportunities and responsibilities: as a team, we are building the company for the next generation, as much as we build it for the present one. Through our distinctive service and quality, we serve our clients as they may expect from a company that’s leading the way in its field, proud to fulfil a key position in the journey to a sustainable leather processing industry.”

The Global Leadership Team

Arnaud Backbier, Global Commercial Director

“Royal Smit & Zoon aims to contribute to a sustainable leather industry by making bio-based products that offer excellent quality and durability and support a healthy work environment. We enable leather manufacturers to make their products of choice and we provide excellent service to support them in their design and innovation goals. Royal Smit & Zoon is committed to actively promote bio-based leather as the preferred choice by producers and increase its desirability with consumers in apparel, automotive, aviation, outdoor and garments.”

Aukje Berden, Global ESG Director

“In line with our mission, our ESG journey is focused on continuous improvement for the entire leather value chain. Creating a socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain together, means Sustainability and ESG are at the heart of our business. But we can’t do this alone. Our vast belief in “the Power of Partnerships”, makes Royal Smit & Zoon a trustful (business) partner to meet todays’ and tomorrow’s sustainability challenges, together.”

Lilian Chang, Global Director R&D

“Innovation is at the heart of Royal Smit & Zoon. R&D’s mission is to renew our product portfolio and to bring innovations fast and smooth to market, always being deeply rooted in customers’ and market insights. This way we can and will serve our customers to the fullest across leather segments and geographies. One of our focus areas is bio-based solutions, valorizing industrial organic side streams to superior quality products. This tangibly catalyzes sustainable, profitable product developments and brings to life circular economy throughout the leather value chain.”

Petra de Haas, Executive Assistant / Office Manager

“To support the Board makes me proud, knowing it contributes to the bigger picture of Royal Smit & Zoon. Like the rest of the people here at Royal Smit & Zoon, I am doing my job with great passion and pride and making a difference where it matters. Like every drop makes a difference.”

Arun Janakiram, Business Director – IPB & Managing Director – Royal Smit & Zoon India

“Especially in the leather industry, if there is one region in the world to find out what sustainability can mean to our global society, it’s in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It’s great to be able to offer a solution to some of the world’s toughest problems – and to actually see the results. Royal Smit & Zoon delivers what’s needed.”

César Knebel, Business Director at Codyeco

“In line with its philosophy, Codyeco is constantly focused on pursuing development and growth by satisfying its customers’ needs: the company is currently seeing new expansion in terms of its production, product mix, technology and business status. Being part of Royal Smit & Zoon helps us achieve our goals, always maintaining a sustainable way of production.”

Daniëlle Okkinga-Koenen, Global Director Marketing & Communication

“Sustainability has been at the core of Royal Smit & Zoon. We take responsibility, leveraging our assets, the services that we provide and acting on our values in order to promote the sustainable development within the leather industry. We want to be the leader in transition towards a socially and environmentally sustainable leather supply chain. Our focus is towards the future of leather and we know, even a small act matters: every drop makes a difference.”

René Weltevrede, Global Director Operations and QESH

“Sustainability and continuity are key factors in our business strategy that can only be achieved by continuously improving our processes. Thanks to our qualified personnel and the high-quality standards at our plants, we are able to offer our customers operational excellence.”

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