Willem is Chairman of SmartFin Capital, was one of the founders and Chairman of Sniper Investments and one of the co-founders and managing partners of Privast Capital Partners. Prior to that, Willem had an international career with ICI Plc during which he was heavily involved in a large number of acquisitions and divestments. He then created DBM Belgium, specializing in career transition counselling for senior management. During this time, he also advised Chase Investment Bank, focusing on major management buy-ins in the European chemical sector. He was educated in the Netherlands and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD.