Management team

Hein Dirix Managing Director

Born in 1966, he holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Louvain and in General Management from the Centre Européen d’Education Permanente in Fontainebleau.

He embarked on his career in 1990 at Exxon Chemicals and rapidly joined Electrabel where he held several operational and maintenance positions. He then worked for several years in the United Arab Emirates for Tractebel Engineering and then in Belgium for the Generation BU of Electrabel. In 1999, he became project manager for the construction of several cogeneration power stations in the Port of Antwerp and for Zandvliet Power CCGT. In 2005, after having managed a maintenance area at Electrabel for 5 years, he went to Chile to take the role of COO of ECL. In the beginning of 2008, he continued his career in Paris as Vice President for Synergy and Performance at GDF SUEZ. In 2010, he decided to join Tractebel Engineering as HR Manager, before becoming General Manager of Technum in mid-2013. In 2016, Technum was taken over by Tractebel and Hein became EVP of the Business Line Infrastructure, Building & Environment.

Hedwig Van Lysebeth Director Building Systems & Services

Born in 1958, he holds a degree in industrial engineering and management from the Instituut voor bedrijfsopleidingen [Institute of Business Education] in the Netherlands.

He started his career in 1983 as Project Engineer at Toledo. In 1987, he joined ThyssenKrupp, a German steelmaking group, where he held several positions as Sales Engineer, Regional Manager and Sales Manager. He then continued his career as CEO of Imtech Maintenance for 14 years. In 2010, he joined SPIE Belgium as Manager of the Services division. In 2017, in addition to this function, he took over the position of Manager of the Infrastructure division. In 2019 he also heads the Building Systems division on an interim basis. In 2020, he became Director of the new division Building Systems & Services.

Jean Aerts Director Industry

Born in 1960, he holds an electromechanical engineering degree from KIHA College in Antwerp, and a degree as prevention and safety advisor from the Antwerp University Institute.

He embarked on his career in 1986 as engineer and head of the maintenance department at BMT in Schoten. He continued his career in 1988 as manager of the assembly and safety department in the multinational Thyssenkrupp. After 4 years, he joined Intraco NV, a company active on the plastic pipes market in Belgium, as Production Manager and head of Safety. He then joined Eyke Hogendoorn B.V. in 1996 where he worked as Manager of the plastics department. In 2007 he went to work for SPIE Belgium as Business Unit Manager at Industry Grobbendonk, becoming the Manager of the Industry division of SPIE Belgium a few years later. 

Jean-Pierre Butacide Director of Finance and Administration

Born in 1965, he holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Social Sciences (management and IT) from the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur.

After serving as chairman of AIESEC Belgium for a year, he started his career at KPMG in auditing. Drawing on the experience acquired from working with different customers in construction, he joined the Hamon Group in 1993, where he occupied different positions in finance, such as financial manager of Hamon Thermal & Engineering, and was responsible for consolidation and management control of the group. He participated in the preparation of the listing of Hamon on the Brussels stock exchange and worked as Financial Manager of Hamon-Lummus, a joint venture between the Man Group and the ABB Lummus Group. In 2003, he joined CRH, an Irish group active in cement production, and became financial director of the subgroup Plakabeton. His main role was to integrate a booming family-owned company in an international group. In September 2005, he joined SPIE Belgium as Financial Director, where he supervises the accounts department, cashflow management, budget control and management, credit control, and the legal department. 

Jean-Pierre Martin Human Resource Director

Born in 1972, he holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Sciences and Human Resources Management from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and an additional Master in Management & Business Administration from the Louvain School of Management.

He embarked on his career in 1995 as an assistant to the Human Resources Manager of the Saint-Pierre Academic Medical Centre in Brussels. In 1999, he joined Pharma Belgium – a major player in the healthcare and pharmacy sector, as Human Resources Manager. He then continued his career with the LafargeHolcim Group, a world leader in cement and building materials, where he held different HR positions in Belgium and the Netherlands for 8 years. He joined SPIE Belgium in January 2013 as HR Director. 

Guy Verstraeten Director ICS

Born in 1976, he holds a diploma in industrial engineering from the University of Antwerp and a master’s degree in information & security technology from KU Leuven.

He began his career at IBM as a Systems Management Consultant.  In 2006, he joined the company Accenture as a Technology Consulting Manager.  Three years later, he joined the Cegeka Group, where he first held the role of Business Unit Manager for the Managed Services Division.  In 2014, he was promoted to Director of the Cloud Solutions & Projects Division. 

His expertise in IT, in general, and in digital transformation, in particular, together with his knowledge of the industrial sector, will enable him to grow the ICS Division on the Belgian market. 

Wouter Van Derbeken Director Operations Support

Born in 1975, he holds a degree in industrial and electromechanical engineering from Sint-Lieven College in Ghent.

He embarked on his career in 1998 at Siemens NV in Brussels where he worked as Project Engineer Automation EIT. After 3 years, he joined Stäubli Benelux N.V., a world supplier of mecatronic solutions, present in three separate sectors: connection systems, robotics and textile machines, where he held different posts such as Business Unit Manager or Key Account Manager. He occupied the same position in 2009 at Alphatronics N.V.,  present for 25 years in the field of access control and logistics systems. After a year, he became
Business Unit Manager at Coopman Liften. In 2011, he continued his career at SPIE Belgium as Business Unit Manager in the BU Industry Aalter and as Integration Manager during the first year after the acquisition of Tevean.

Mario Brusselmans Director Infrastructure & Services

Born in 1978, he holds a degree in industrial engineering in electromechanics from the KU Leuven - Campus De Nayer in St Katelijne Waver.

His career started in 2001 at GTI Infra in Zaventem, where he started as an Assistant Project Manager in the weak power and automation department. After the takeover of the GTI group by Fabricom, he grows into Senior Project Manager in the Rail department. After 13 years at Fabricom (now Engie), he opts to take the step to SPIE as Department Manager Infrastructure for the Flanders region. Three years later he is promoted to Business Unit Manager at Infrastructure. In 2020 he will take the lead as director of the new Infrastructure & Services division.