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New Managing Director

DLS welcomes Rob van Gils

Mr. Rob van Gils became the managing director of DLS 1 May 2018. Former managing director and owner, Mr. Kees Henssen has dedicated his attention to the realization of an oldtimer restoring garage.

“After almost 30 years of doing business in medium-sized and large companies, the time had come to re-invent myself” was Rob’s explanation. Rob had spent approximately 27 years as a director in several companies in the technical installation sector. After 8 years as manager of the industrial drive systems business unit at Bakker Sliedrecht he moved to TBI for 6 years to work as director of 3 subsidiaries of HVL Elektrotechniek. For the last 12.5 years he occupied the position of commercial director at ENGIE Services Zuid, a leading multinational company specialized in technical and energy services.

“It has been a great period in my life in which I was able to grow with my teams and be an entrepreneur and find new markets and solutions for their challenges. But the larger the company became, the bigger the distance between top management and the shop floor. I felt the need to get back into the business with hands-on control and close contact with colleagues and customers. Drive Line Systems is the right challenge for me” Rob stated. “For me it’s a new market with new technologies, new customers, new products, new challenges and a team of new colleagues. Short hierarchical lines and direct connection to the business and customers. The informal culture, small and flexible organization, high knowledge level and craftsmanship were particularly appealing to me, being a hands-on entrepreneur”.

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