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Weerts Group is a diversified holding company with investments in logistics, real estate, motorsport and renewable energy

WHAT WE DO?

Based in Liège (Belgium), Weerts Group operates and invests in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Romania.

The Group is active in 4 different yet complementary fields of activities, each operating along a common set of values.

LOGISTICS

The logistics division provides innovative, high value-added warehousing, transport and logistics services in three sectorsfood, household electronics and the automotive sector.

REAL ESTATE

The real estate division is organised around four asset classes: warehousing, semi-industrial, office and residential buildings in nine countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Hungary and Romania.

MOTORSPORT

The motorsport division of the group includes a professional racing team active in GT3 and LMP2, as well as a specialty workshop catering the car racing industry and counting among its clients 3 of the 4 largest OEMs in the world.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Weerts Renewable Energy is set up to turn the obligation to build greener and more sustainable buildings into a business opportunity by designing its industrial asset base to also become significant renewable energy production assets.

About us

Weerts Group is a holding company with a diversified portfolio in the logistics, real estate, motorsport and renewable energy sectors. These four seemingly different activities offer synergies and interesting cross-over opportunities.

The purpose of Weerts Group is to “Build Engines for Value Creation”.  We do indeed wish to create value: for our clients, for our employees, for the shareholders and for the community at large.

However, we want to do more than just create value. We want to build organisations that by their design and by the people who drive them, become value generators for each or our constituencies.

 

OUR VALUES

The commitment to our values - service, enthusiasm, discipline, simplicity - is undoubtedly one of the reasons why Weerts Group and each of its divisions have built solid reputations and continue to grow.

Our leaders and staff are expected to work and live by these standards. They are the foundation on which our company has been built and continues to evolve. 

SERVICE/GENEROSITY

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)

  • We go to whatever lengths we can afford to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our clients and business partners.
  • We are generous in our efforts, in sharing our ideas, energy and resources with both clients and colleagues, as well as in the community at large.
  • We pride ourselves in exercising our responsibilities concerning social stewardship and environmental impact by operating in the most sustainable ways possible today.

DISCIPLINE

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” (Jim Rohn)

  • We value self-discipline, the best remedy against a rules-based and bureaucratic environment.
  • We are focused.
  • We are persistent. Luck favors the persistent.
  • We aspire for flawless execution of any undertakings we commit to.
  • We value self-restraint.

ENTHUSIASM/AUDACITY

“Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ Points.” (K. Kelly)

  • We are passionate about what we do.
  • Our focus, experience and governance model allow for a rapid decision-making process. We do not delay... we act. Time is our only non-expandable resource.
  • We are audacious. This means that we are willing to take calculated risks, without letting prevail the natural tendency to overreach.
  • We believe in hard work and the added value it delivers through the pleasure of success.
  • We adhere to a positive, non-judgmental and constructive attitude.

SIMPLICITY

“Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple” (C.W. Ceran)

  • In everything we do, we keep it as simple as possible.
  • We speak our mind, encourage a free and transparent exchange of views and stay clear from internal politics.
  • We don’t take ourselves too seriously. What counts is the success of our business, not our personal glory.

Purpose and mission statement

PURPOSE

The purpose or reason of existence of Weerts Group is to “Build Engines for Value Creation”. We aspire to create value. For our clients, for our employees, for the shareholders and for the community at large. But we want to do more than just create value. We want to build organizations that, by their very design, become value generators for each of our constituencies.

MISSION STATEMENT

To become one of the leading enterprises in Wallonia by 2025, respected in the business community for its success and in the larger society for the sustainable and social manner in which it achieved it.

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Executive team

Yves Weerts

Executive Chairman

Yves Weerts is the Executive Chairman of the Group. He completed his studies in Expedition at Sint-Lodewijk in Antwerp, UC Berkeley and Diablo Valley College in the US. At the age of 26, Yves became the CEO of Transports Weerts & Fils following the unexpected and sudden death of his father. Between 1994 and 2008 through the pursuit of internal and external growth opportunities, Yves built Transports Weerts & Fils into one of the leading road transport companies in Belgium. In parallel, he started to develop the Logistics Division. Following the divestment of the road transport business in 2008, he founded what is today known as Weerts Group, a family-owned investment group with activities in Real Estate, Logistics and Motorsport.

PASCAL WEERTS

Group CEO

Pascal Weerts is the Group CEO. Pascal studied Law at KU Leuven and spent the first 15 years of his career in one of the UK’s leading law firms, where he became equity partner at the age of 32 and specialized in Private Equity and M&A transactions. It was in this capacity that he started to work with Yves, assisting the latter as M&A advisor on the sale of the transport business in 2008. Pascal was closely involved in the creation of Weerts Group and became its CEO in 2017. In addition to his role as CEO of Weerts Group, Pascal is an independent director of Mitiska REIM, Europe’s leading specialist investor in convenience real estate, comprising retail parks, urban logistics and multi-let light industrial projects. 

ALAIN MEUNIER

Member of the Executive Committee

Alain Meunier graduated as a Master in Business Administration at the UC Louvain and Master in Tax degree at H.E.C. Liège, started his professional career in the banking sector that he left to become tax partner in a Big4 Firm for years. After having advised many entrepreneurs during his professional career, Alain decided to support one of them directly, Weerts Group.  Alain is a strong and knowledgeable professional in financial and tax matters.  Curious, team player, pragmatic, Alain has an international exposure that allows and helps Weerts Group to expand its businesses successfully in the 9 countries where the Group currently operates

Johan Bohets

Member of the Executive Committee

Johan Bohets started his career at one of the UK’s leading law firms, specializing in M&A, Private equity and Finance before joining the European Investment Fund, the private equity and credit enhancement arm of the European Investment Bank. He served as General Counsel and subsequently Chief Risk Officer and Executive Board member of a top-tier Belgian bank-insurer in the wake of the 2011 financial crisis before joining a Belgian listed office real estate developer. He holds a Master degree in Law (KU Leuven), Master in Finance (Solvay Business School) and is an Insead alumni (AMP).

Guillaume De Bruyne

Member of the Executive Committee

Guillaume De Bruyne started his career at one of Belgium’s leading and listed REITs, followed by a more entrepreneurial endeavor as co-founder of a Belgian public infrastructure fund. He then continued on in the industry by joining a leading Belgian Investment Bank, where he specialized in M&A, Capital Markets and Corporate Finance advisory, for listed and non-listed corporates, acquiring a broad exposure to different types of transactions and investors.
Although really enjoying the capturing world and work of finance, in 2019, after a lucky encounter with Pascal & Yves Weerts, Guillaume felt he was ready to leave the banking environment to join a more grounded mindset of long term value creation at the Weerts Group, where he has been following the evolution and growth of the family-owned business with passion and drive.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering (Solvay Business School) and is a CFA (chartered financial analyst) and FRM (financial risk manager) charterholder.

Environmental, Social & Governance

ESG, much more than an acronym, a triple conviction, an ambition, an obligation. The environment, social matters and governance have been central to Weerts Group’s DNA since a long time.  However, in 2022, the group decided to step up its game and carried out a systematic work of identification, analysis and elaboration of its ESG priorities. Setting realistic but ambitious objectives; determining the best practices to achieve them; raising awareness and training our staff in environmental, social and governance issues; defining a list of criteria (KPI's) to measure the adequacy between our ambition and the reality of our business... For several months, our teams sifted through all our processes, isolated the ESG friendly practices from those that are less so or not at all, imagined the innovative solutions to be put in place to make Weerts Group a group in tune with its time, in tune with society and in tune with the challenges it faces while guaranteeing the profitability and thus sustainability of our activities and our economic model. We are working to the publication of our first ESG report in 2023.

The diversity of our activities obviously does not make things any easier, but with enthusiasm, one of the common threads running through everything we do, we embrace a future that must integrate ESG-realities and transform them even more into opportunities to grow our business and make our group a model player in the economic landscape we have been helping to build for several years.

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The many initiatives we have undertaken over the past few years to create an attractive working environment for Weerts Supply Chain employees have enabled us to win the Logistics Employer of the Year 2020 award