Dirk started his career with the Atlas Copco Group in 1994 as a Designer and Project Leader for Engineering Portable Compressors and Commodity & Investment units. In 2001 he was appointed manager of Atlas Copco’s Global Engineering Centre in India. In 2003 Dirk returned to Atlas Copco Airpower N.V. as a Product Manager for Large Portable Compressors. In 2006 he took up the position of Business Line Manager for Portable Air for Atlas Copco in South-Africa. Since 2009 Dirk has acted as General Manager/Director for Compressor Technique and Holding for Atlas Copco in Austria. His operational responsibility was extended to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina in early 2012.
In addition to his extensive industry experience, Dirk is a certified civil engineer with an engineering degree in Electromechanics from the Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium, and also holds a Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration from Université de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
Dirk is to begin his new role on 1 June 2013. During the interim period, Alex Bongaerts, Vice President Finance & Administration / Holding will perform the role of acting GM/D for Atlas Copco Compressors in the UK and Ireland.