Lippert Names Olivier Steenaert Vice President of Human Resources – EMEA
February 25, 2022
Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (Lippert™), a supplier of a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the recreation and transportation product markets, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, announces today that Olivier Steenaert has been named Vice President of Human Resources – EMEA (Europe, Middle East, & Africa). In this role, he will lead all aspects of the company’s human resources activities in EMEA including strategic direction, talent acquisition; talent management and development, organizational design, succession planning, employee relations, and total rewards for all of the European business units.
Steenaert holds a master’s degree in law from University Utrecht, a business strategy degree from University Groningen, and a degree in strategic leadership & change from the University of Nyenrode. He began his career as a lawyer at a top 15 firm in the Netherlands. He later served as Manager of Legal at World Online and Manager of Legal at Essent-RWE. After completing a management development program at Essent, he changed his focus from legal to human resources and in that role, led all of the company’s traineeships and in-through-outflow of employees. Steenaert later worked at GROHE where he was responsible for HR EMEA sales and headquarters. An entrepreneur at heart, he also had his own HR talent and performance management consulting firm for five years.
In his new role, Steenaert will be responsible for working on HR performance management, HR systems, and HR guidelines. “My new role is not only a new role for myself, but it is also new at Lippert EMEA,” he stated. “Throughout the past years, Lippert has acquired several businesses in multiple markets in EMEA. Those businesses have professional HR strategies in place, and my goals are to support them and have the business and HR work as one wherever possible, be efficient, and be the liaison between HR EMEA and HR USA. I am excited to work closely to and with the business, be operationally involved and execute many projects and challenges, and also work with and learn from colleagues around the world.”
“Olivier’s selection as VP of HR EMEA is part of Lippert’s ongoing building of the leadership team and the company’s overall business strategy in the EMEA region,” stated Jim Menefee, Group President of Europe. “He is a great fit for our culture and will guide our HR teams to find more synergies, develop best practices and encourage collaboration among our groups.”
Steenaert is happily married to his wife Marie-Sophie, and together they have two children: 12-year-old Salvador and 10-year-old Jackie-Paula. Two of his favorite quotes are “HR is there because the business is there, not the other way around” and “love the smell of the opportunity in the morning.”
With over 120 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, Lippert™ is a leading, global manufacturer and supplier of highly engineered components and customized solutions dedicated to shaping, growing, and bettering the RV, marine, automotive, commercial vehicle, and building products industries, and their adjacent markets. Lippert also serves a broad array of aftermarket industries, supplying best-in-class products designed to enhance recreational pursuits, both on the road and on the water. From powerful towing technology and automated RV leveling systems, to boating furniture and one-of-a-kind shade solutions — Lippert combines strategic manufacturing capabilities with the power of our winning team culture to deliver unrivaled Customer Service, award-winning Innovation, and premium Products to every industry and person we serve.
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