Dirk Poelman (1961) was appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) in September 2006 and member of the Executive Committee in November 2009, as well as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) ad interim from June to December 2012. Since 1984, he has been working with Callebaut – which merged with Cacao Barry in 1996 – in various positions and countries: first as Engineering Manager, then as Production Manager, Operations Director and Chief Manufacturing Officer.
In 1997, Dirk Poelman became Executive Vice President Operations, responsible for the operations of the Group, and a member of the Senior Management Team. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President Operations and Research & Development.
Dirk Poelman holds an industrial engineering degree in electro mechanics from the Catholic Industrial High School in Aalst, Belgium.