NHV Group welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

OSTEND – June 7th, 2021 | NHV Group today announced the appointment of Mr. Laurent Verhelst as Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’). Mr. Verhelst will be a member of NHV’s Executive Committee reporting to CEO Steffen Bay. He will begin his employment mid-June 2021.

Laurent Verhelst is a senior executive with a proven track record and deep financial expertise that stems from more than 25 years of experience in senior positions with successful multi-national organizations. He most recently served as Head of Finance and IT for the Western Europe division of the HILTI Group, a supplier of high-quality tools and systems for the construction and building maintenance industries. Mr. Verhelst joined Hilti from Stanley Black & Decker, where he worked for 17 years in various financial positions with increasing functional and regional responsibilities. Prior to that, he worked at Dow Chemical and Paribas.

Steffen Bay, NHV’s CEO, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Laurent to NHV. With his deep financial and international expertise, sound strategic capabilities and proven leadership, I’m certain that Laurent is the right person to continue providing a strong financial backbone and guidance.”

"I am thrilled to join NHV and very much looking forward to working closely together with its talented leadership team”, said Laurent Verhelst. “NHV has unique strengths, a strong business model and a proud history. I am honored by the chance to start leading its finance organization, executing against the company’s long-term vision, and enhancing value for shareholders and all stakeholders.”

Laurent Verhelst is taking over from Mrs. Liesbeth Tielemans, who has been NHV’s CFO since 2012. CEO Steffen Bay stated: “I’d like to personally thank Liesbeth for helping NHV navigate through almost a decade of change, helping the company to transform into a top tier player in the helicopter space, despite the macroeconomic challenges within our market.” Liesbeth Tielemans will be leaving NHV over the summer of 2021 to pursue new professional ambitions.

About NHV Group:
NHV Group, headquartered in Ostend (Belgium), is specialized in B-to-B helicopter services and has a strong geographic presence in Europe and Western Africa. The group conducts operations out of several bases on 2 continents with a team of over 550 employees. NHV’s main focus is on the energy producing industry. The group has a leading position in Europe as the only helicopter operator that conducts operations in every oil producing country in the region. The scope of work also includes: Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), Maritime Services, which include Search and Rescue (SAR), offshore Wind Farms and Harbour Pilot Services. Vertech Offshore and Airlift are two specialized companies within the NHV group who are leaders in their niche of flare tip replacement and power grid construction and maintenance. Aside from the helicopter operations, NHV is an approved training organization (ATO) and an official service center for our partner Airbus Helicopters. NHV also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions. In addition to supporting its own fleet, NHV provides extensive third-party maintenance services to a variety of civil and military clients. The group has a multipurpose high value fleet of +60 helicopters. NHV’s majority shareholder is Ardian, the world-leading private investment house with assets of US$110bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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