Waterland appoints Frank Vlayen as Group Managing Partner/CEO

Bussum, 16 June 2015 – Waterland announces the appointment of Frank Vlayen as Group Managing Partner/CEO.

In June 2015, Frank Vlayen (1965) has been appointed as Group Managing Partner/CEO of Waterland. In his new role, he will be taking over the day-to-day management of Waterland from founder and Chairman Rob Thielen. As Group Managing Partner/CEO, Frank Vlayen will chair Waterland’s investment committee and assume responsibility for the development of Waterland’s overall strategy. He will continue to be responsible for investor relations, for the investment and portfolio activities of Waterland in Belgium and for the management of the Belgian office.

Frank Vlayen joined Waterland in 2005 as Principal. Over the past ten years, Frank Vlayen has set up and developed Waterland’s operations in Belgium, and with his team achieved a substantial number of successes since, including investments in Senior Living Group (nursing homes), V!GO (orthopaedic services), MedHold (medical laboratories), Arseus (pharmaceutical compounding), Omega Pharma (OTC pharmaceutics), Sarens (heavy lifting and special transport), Ipcom (insulation materials), Pierre Lemmens Company (ventilation systems), Verbraeken (network infrastructure), Diversi Foods (baking products) and Bosteels (specialty beers).

“I am delighted that Frank Vlayen is now taking over the leadership of Waterland,” said Chairman Rob Thielen. “Over the past ten years, Frank has built up an excellent investment track record. Together with his team, Frank has developed Waterland into one of the most active private equity investors in Belgium. In addition, Frank was responsible for successfully raising the sixth Waterland Fund, which was recently closed with investor commitments of € 1.55 billion. As Chairman, I intend to remain closely involved in the further development of Waterland and the Waterland Funds, for instance as a member of Waterland’s investments committee.”

“I feel very honoured and I am enthusiastic about taking on the day-to-day management of Waterland,” said Frank Vlayen. “Over the past ten years, I have seen Waterland’s capital base grow from € 200 million to € 4 billion, thereby consistently achieving top-notch returns. Waterland aims to keep investing successfully and growing in the future, and in my new role I will be playing an active part in that, together with the other partners and team members.”

Before joining Waterland in 2005, Frank Vlayen was an Engagement Partner at Accenture UK, advising utility and industrial companies on M&A and corporate strategy. Before that, he was a director of business development at Citigroup Consumer Banking Europe and vice-president at Tractebel’s international energy division, where he held a number of senior positions in operational management, business development and corporate & project finance. He started his career at Generale Bank in corporate finance and trade finance. Frank Vlayen has worked in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Central and Eastern Europe.

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