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Progress-Executive Services (EXS) understands your challenges with license-to-operate and time-to-market needs. We support you by offering excellent solutions for sustainable and successful growth of your pharmaceutical business. Progress-EXS is aware of the need for expertise support at senior management level within life science and pharmaceutical industries. Progress-EXS has an extensive network of seasoned senior executives available for temporary C-suite assignments.

How can we support you? We can identify and offer a perfect candidate for your current need, making sure that the candidate has the required level of expertise and fits your culture. Moreover, Progress-EXS offers excellent Quick Scan methodology to identify on fast, reliable and effective manner time-to-market and license-to-operate. Not only we are experts in concise reporting to your C-suite level, we also supply fast track action plans with the possibility to support you during the execution. Our experience allows us to bridge your senior management and work-floor levels, understanding the operational challenges and issues, while at the same time being able to zoom out seeing the overall picture. Our approach is pragmatic and transparent and we strive to constantly deliver high quality services.

OUR VISION

Progress-Executive Services aims to be a key partner for executives within Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical industries, supporting them in their decision-making process and identifying the internal gaps that put their products and projects at risk.

OUR APPROACH

We actively listen to your needs and seek the best way to support you. We are familiar with your challenges and want to support you in reaching your goals successfully. By using our knowledge and past experiences we can identify critical gaps that might have impact on your products. If you are a fast-growing company that is challenged to continue routine operations while expanding, we are ready to take key roles within your organization, being the visible person leading or coaching, from the shadow, your internal managers whenever required. Besides if you have identified a specific need that requires advice from a senior person within your sector, we would be happy to become one more in your company and solve your challenge. We believe that trust is the basis for our collaboration. We are driven by integrity, high quality standards and customer engagement.

 

 



the MANAGEMENT

THIJS VEERMAN

Operational Director
Progress Executive Services


 

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In 1981 Thijs graduated as chemical engineer (bioprocess technology) from the Delft University of Technology. He then started as scientist process development at Gist-Brocades (now DSM), working on fermentation processes for food, enzymes and antibiotics. He moved on to become manager upstream processes at EuroCetus (later Chiron and now Synco Biopartners). He returned to Gist-Brocades as production manager for their penicilin manufacturing plants. In addition, Thijs supported the business development of Gist-Brocades with the acquisition of BioIntermediair (now DSM-Biologics).  After four years as director operations in the Fine Chemicals facility of Shell (now Sachem), he started as CEO of the government vaccine manufacturing organization SVM, later merged into the Netherlands Vaccin Institute, were he took the position as general director. From 2007 Thijs became CEO of the Rotterdam based medical diagnostic facility, Star-MDC. As of 2016 Thijs became involved in the start-up of Progress Executive Services where he is now the Operational Director.

EXPERTISE

    General management
    Interim management
    Change management

FREE TIME

In his free time Thijs (1956) loves to cook for his family. You will find him walking with his wife either in his home town Rotterdam, or with his family in rural Thierache. With a number of former colleagues, he is trying to develop a patent in the field of diagnostics and treatment of small cell lung cancer.


 

 

PAUL LINSSEN

Managing Director
Progress Executive Services


 

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Paul graduated in 1983 as chemical engineer from the Technical Highschool in Amsterdam (HTS-A). He started to work for Gist-Brocades in Delft as process engineer in the Downstream Processing Pilot Plant. In 1989 Paul graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam as process technologist. As next step, in 1990, Paul joined Sanquin in Amsterdam, where he became the Manager of the Process Development Department. In 1996 he moved on to Centocor (Johnson and Johnson) in Leiden, to become the Engineering Director. At Centocor he was responsible for capital projects, maintenance and facilities. In 1999 Paul decided to start-up his own company, Progress-PME, focusing on consultancy, project management and engineering services for the life science industry. Paul has been the Managing Director of Progress-PME since then. Progress-PME has continuously grown to a current size of about 45 employees. In 2017 a new company was founded, Progress Executive Services, for which Paul is the Managing Director.


EXPERTISE

    General management
    Interim management
    Program and Project Management

FREE TIME

Outside office hours Paul likes to exercise and spend time with his family. Or you may find Paul (1960) walking in the mountains or sailing at sea. In the winter, he goes skiing with his family and if possible skating with friends and colleagues.


 

 

 

 

OUR SERVICES

INTERIM EXECUTIVE
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Do you wish to appoint temporary senior staff to the management of your organization? Due to internal growth in your organization, a temporary vacancy, or do you want to accelerate the execution of an implementation or development plan?

Progress EXS knows the world in which you work and we are happy to support you. Each and everyone of us are people with a proven track record and demonstrated leadership skills, highly motivated to engage with you and drive your company to the next level.

 

QUICK
SCANS

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We support you by identifying critical gaps on your product development strategy, with the aim to reduce your time-to-market. We use our in-house developed tools:

    Scan Time-to-Market (CMC)
    Scan License-to-Operate
    Scan Efficient/Effective processes

We deliver a detailed report including all identified gaps, plus a presentation to the executive board providing recommendations to facilitate the internal decision-making process.

 

MANAGEMENT
CONSULTANCY

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Our senior consultants can assist you in improving the output performance of your organization. By identifying and analysing your current organizational and operational issues and by defining improvement plans. We can also execute the improvement plans till the change is implemented at your organization.

You will have immediate access to highly specialized experts. We look from the outside at your current situation, and will challenge the status quo if needed.