Board and supervision

Inspiring leaders in the right place

Leadership is about setting the example

Having dedicated, inspiring people in the right place in the organisation is one of our most important beliefs. This is how our organisation is structured, within all layers of the company. Ballast Nedam's management board consists of a Board of Management and a Supervisory Board. 

Composition of the Board of Management

Atilla Kemal Sağlam

CEO Ballast Nedam

Mr Sağlam was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ballast Nedam’s Construction division as of 1 September 2019 and Chief Executive Officer of Ballast Nedam as of 7 August 2020.

Mr Sağlam is a Director A of Ballast Nedam N.V. He is responsible for the operations the business units within Ballast Nedam Construction, the Human Resources department, as well as the establishment of new markets in line with Ballast Nedam’s strategy.

Mr Sağlam was born in 1978. He joined Rönesans Holding in 2008 and worked in various positions within Renaissance Construction Russia until 2013. After that, he held positions within Rönesans Energy as well as Rönesans Holding corporate departments in Turkey. Before his position at Ballast Nedam, he was CEO and board member of Rönesans Healthcare Facilities Management Company and a board member of Heitkamp Ingenieur und Kraftwerksbau GmbH. He is an electrical-electronics engineer, graduated from the Middle East Technical University in 1999, and completed his MBA in 2001.

Hayrettin Koçak

Member of the Board of Management and CFO Ballast Nedam

Mr Koçak was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 2 January 2017. Mr Koçak is a Director B of Ballast Nedam N.V.

Mr Koçak focuses on finance matters insofar as they relate to Ballast Nedam as a whole, with the financial control, financial services and internal audit departments reporting to him. He is also responsible for Ballast Nedam Development.

Mr Hayrettin Koçak was born in 1981. Before joining Ballast Nedam, he was the CFO of Renaissance Construction Russia. He received his degree in economics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara in 2004.

Olav Padberg

Member of the Board of Management Ballast Nedam

Within the Board of Management, Mr Olav Padberg is responsible for the division Industry, which consists of Ballast Nedam Industriebouw and the  prefab concrete factories, as well as the insurance, compliance and legal departments for Ballast Nedam as a whole. 

Mr Padberg is a Director A of Ballast Nedam N.V. He started his career at Ballast Nedam in 2007. In 2011, he was appointed Legal Director of Ballast Nedam and Compliance Officer of the Ballast Nedam Pension Fund. Mr Padberg received his master's degree in law from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Sander Lefevre

Member of the Board of Management Ballast Nedam

As a member of the Board of Management of Ballast Nedam Sander Lefevre is responsible for the division Infrastructure. Besides that, he is responsible for Ballast Nedam Concessions.

Sander is a Director A of Ballast Nedam N.V. 
He was born in 1973. He has held several management positions within Ballast Nedam since 2006, including Director of Ballast Nedam Infra. After completing his education at the Delft University of Technology, Mr Lefevre began his career in 1998 as a project manager at Royal Haskoning DHV.

Eric van Zuthem

Member of the Board of Management Ballast Nedam

Mr Eric van Zuthem was born in 1968. Within the Board of Management, Mr van Zuthem is responsible for the division International, consisting of Ballast Nedam International Projects, Ballast Nedam UK, Heitkamp Construction Swiss, Ballast Nedam Energy Transition, the department Contract management, as well as ongoing projects of Ballast Nedam Building Projects.

Eric is a director A of Ballast Nedam N.V. He completed his civil engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire, USA. Before joining Ballast Nedam, Mr Van Zuthem was a member of the Management Board of Royal BAM Group and the CEO of BAM International. He was appointed to the Board of Management for an indefinite term of office as of 10 January 2022.

Niels Doodeman

Member of the Board of Management, Ballast Nedam

Mr. Niels Doodeman (1968) is within the Board of Management since 1 October 2023 responsible for the division Building Netherlands, which exists of the regional businesses of Ballast Nedam. These include Ballast Nedam West, Ballast Nedam Zuid, Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling, Ursem Modulaire Systemen and Laudy Groep.

Niels Doodeman initiated his career at Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling and continued to progress, completing various business and financial education programs. His West Frisian background makes him a down-to-earth person, focused on strategic alignment and transparency.

Technical and shared services

The basis of a seamless and flexible organisation lies in internal processes. This way, we safeguard the efficiency and effectiveness of our organisation, with the aim to add value to our clients and partners.

Martijn Smitt

Executive Director Ballast Nedam Shared and Technical services

Mr Martijn Smitt is Executive Director within Ballast Nedam's management team. In this position he is responsible for a wide range of our Technical and Shared Services. These include Safety, Sustainability, CSR, Marketing & Communication, Quality, ICT, Digital Transformation & Innovation, Research and Environmental consultancy. He is also responsible for Ballast Nedam Materieel (Equipment).

Driven by his passion, Mr Smitt has been involved in numerous multidisciplinary international construction projects for over two decades. He is one of the few experts in the world who has the knowledge of how to combine the complex immersion technology with the dynamics involved in the immersion process. With his expertise, he contributes to the growth and development of Ballast Nedam's tunnel activities.

Mr Smitt started his career at Ballast Nedam in 2018. After graduating from Delft University of Technology, he started his construction career in 1993, working on a large number of Dutch and international infrastructure projects.

Corporate Governance

Ballast Nedam's Corporate Governance documents include the articles of association, the regulations of the Board of Management and the code of conduct with sub-codes. The retirement schedule can also be found here. If you have any questions, please contact our legal department.

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Composition of the Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board supervises the policy and current affairs of the Board of Management and has an advisory role. The Supervisory Board has an eye for the interests of Ballast Nedam N.V. and the related company.

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