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Theo van Sambeeck (Netherlands)

Cold Store Management, Concept Development & Design and M&A’s 
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Theo van Sambeeck is an expert on (Public) Cold Store Management & Operations and Concept Development. Being educated in management and marketing, Van Sambeeck started his career in food retail (Spar and Ahold) and later worked for three fast moving consumer goods companies. He then was appointed managing director of one of the leading Dutch, multi-facility cold store groups (5 facilities and 350,000 m3) and managed the company's transfer into an international logistic services provider.

In 1995, he started working as a consultant to the refrigerated warehousing and cold storage industry serving, besides logistic entrepreneurs in Europe and the Middle East, also the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) and the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) as their Director in Europe. He organized cold chain conferences and seminars in countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Malaysia and Egypt and has contributed to the foundation of several national cold chain associations. Consultancy assignments have been carried out besides in Western Europe in Pakistan, Turkey, Malawi, South Africa, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Hungary, Morocco, Romania, Ukraine, etc.

When in 2010 the integration took place in Europe between the Global Cold Chain Alliance (IARW/WFLO) and the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA) Van Sambeeck was appointed Managing Director of ECSLA on a part time base until January 1 2014.

As a sparring partner for cold store and refrigerated warehouse management, he provides best practices and benchmarks on all kinds of management issues and assists in setting up feasibility studies and business plans. He has audited many temperature controlled logistics operations on different continents and was involved in concept development and design of cold stores, warehouses and distribution centres in several countries.

Van Sambeeck and his partners in ColdstoreExpertiseCenter.com have been involved in concept development, design, engineering and construction management of almost 100 projects. With his unique knowledge and insight in the European cold store and refrigerated warehouse industry, he is well positioned to guide entrepreneurs to successful logistic business concepts and can play a role in matchmaking and setting up partnerships.

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