Member Veris
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After 11 years serving as the standard bearer of Veris / Bouwcenter, Andries Baks resigned from his position as general manager on 31 December 2020.

Baks can look back on an exciting period, during which he steered the organisation through the Great Recession, combined the Imabo and Bouwcenter brands into a single brand, and expanded the services offered by Veris to the level demanded by the current market. Baks: “Although I still enjoy pulling the Veris cart on a daily basis, the time has come for me to take a step back. Since I began work as general manager, I’ve considered it a privilege to be able to contribute to the development of our wonderful and strong group.”
Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Jan-Renier Swinkels understands and respects the decision: “Under Andries’ leadership, Veris / Bouwcenter has grown to become a pioneering and progressive party in the world of building supplies, and he has chosen an excellent moment to hand over the baton.” Andries Baks will not be leaving the organisation entirely, however. At the Bouwcenter shareholders’ request, in 2021 he will work in close consultation with his successor to continue to refine the Bouwcenter strategy.

On 31 December 2020, Lex Hemels assumed the post of general manager of
Veris Bouwmaterialengroep. Hemels has a background in purchasing and logistics, but his career has also included general management positions in sales, finance, ICT, HRM, marketing and product management. He has worked in the building supplies sector for the past 23 years, earning his spurs at Jongeneel and SIG, where he most recently served as the managing director of SIG Air Handling International. Hemels: “I strongly believe in the Veris business model, and I look forward to taking over the baton from Andries!”




Veris Bouwmaterialengroup b.v.
Avelingen-West 5
4202 MS Gorinchem
The Netherlands

Tel.: +31 (0) 183 650 100