Jan van Leur

Senior business and operations expert in process & chemicals, plastics and medical device industry. Has a proven track record in leading large organisations through major transitions like merger and acquisition, business consolidation/site closure, operational excellence & lean implementations, CAPEX projects, restructuring & resizings and cultural change.

Work experience

2017 – present

Founding Partner/managing director Custor

2016 – 2017

Applied Medical  Manufacturing Director

  • Implementation of a green field European manufacturing plant and organisation for the production of medical devices.
  • Implementation of a global manufacturing function

2005 – 2015

DSM Global Manufacturing excellence manager

  • Leading the global operational excellence team in imlementing the global manufacturing policies and best practises within the operations community of Business Group Engineering Plastics (8 manufacturing sites, 4 continents)
  • Leader of Business Operations Strategy team for Business Group Engineering Plastics
  • Projectlead of operational excellence project within R&D department

Site director (Emmen, NL)

  • Operational leadership and business responsible for 350FTE Engineering Plastics manufacturing site
  • Leading large site transformation with key elements:
    • Resizing and restructuring of site organisation  (-10% FTE)
    • Increase performance (+50% capacity)

Site director (Ellesmere Port, UK)

  • Operational & business leadership of 50 FTE composite resin manufacturing & R&D site
  • Project manager of business consolidation/site closure project

Operations manager

  • Operational responsibility for 65 FTE PA6 nylon plant (2005-2008) and 50 FTE advanced polyesters plant (2008 – 2011)
  • Project lead of many initiatives, a.o.:
    • Manufacturing excellence implementation
    • Manufacturing plant acquisition
    • Safety compliance project
    • Several CAPEX projects (up till 35 MEuro)
    • Plant start-up

1999 – 2005

Colbond bv  Plantmanager

  • Operational and business leadership of 65 FTE non wovens plant
  • Projectlead of plant closure project

Process engineer

  • Daily engineering support for the operations team
  • Projectlead of several processdevelopment and productdevelopment projects


1993 – 1998

Eindhoven University of Technology

  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering