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LUC HUYSMANS
CEO & Founding Father

luc@atlas-network.com
+ 32 32 054858

After finalizing his college degree, Luc started his logistic career in the early ‘80s as a shipping clerk and developed his skills into project shipment and chartering for multiple breakbulk shipping lines. He remained active in the shipping industry until 1993 when he was invited to become director of a well know forwarding company in Antwerp, founded in 1918 as a part the VanUden Group in Rotterdam. After realizing a management buyout in 1993, Luc obtained at the same time the ownership of another Antwerp forwarding company with a 50 years logistic tradition in the local Antwerp market.
Five years later, Luc and his partners created the Atlas Logistic Network together with their life time mentor, Issa Baluch, former FIATA president and owner of Swift Freight in Dubai. Since 2013 Luc has taken full responsibility the daily management of the Atlas Logistic Network after the semi-retirement of Mr. Gijs Pleyte.

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GEERT VAN DOORSLAER
V.P. of Asia – Regional Office Asia

geert@atlas-network.com
+ 84 903802831

Geert was born in Belgium, and after starting his career as assistant-line manager and line manager for Intership Europe, he moved to Alexandria/Egypt as representative for the same shipping company. After 4 years of looking at the pyramids, Geert headed towards Dubai, where he set up the Asian agency network for a local NVOCC (North Africa Shipping Co) focused on business to Libya. After 3 years he joined Triangle Shipping (a division of Barwil) as branch manager.
Another 2 years later, Geert became business development manager for Barwil Vietnam.  He fell in love with the country, and after a while started up his own freight forwarding company.
Up to this moment Geert is still residing at Vietnam. In 2015 he joined the Atlas team as VP Asia and operates out of Ho Chi Minh City.

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LYANNE HUYSMANS
Business Development Manager – HQ Antwerp

lyanne@atlas-network.com
+32 32052953

Lyanne started her Executive Management studies at Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp. Everything in the training revolves around organization and management. During the training she developed an eye for profit, business processes and communication management in different languages.
For her senior year, Lyanne went to Valencia, Spain to finish her last year of her studies. All classes followed there, where educated in Spanish. Which has allowed her to improve her Spanish skills significantly. After her studies she first did an internship in a qualified hospital in Belgium, where she worked as a supervisor on the quality and accreditation department. There she learned to manage and train teams in executing new procedures and applications.
Upon joining the Atlas family she developed her accounting knowledge further and besides business development is now responsible for the accountancy. She is engaged in event-and project management and know the ins and outs.

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RUTH VAN NUFFELEN
Membership Coordinator Manager – HQ Antwerp

ruth@atlas-network.com
+32 3 2052950

After my one year education in New Zealand, I have studied logistics management for 3 years at the Karel De Grote Hogeschool, Thereafter I have started my logistic career at Atlantic Container Line. A specialized transatlantic carrier of containers, project and oversized cargo. In these 5 year I have had the opportunity to discover all aspects and challenges of the import and export side. In 2017 I have made the change to the Atlas Logistic network as membership coordinator.
Working together with members from all over the globe, has been a wonderful experience. I have been fortunate to have met many of our members in person during our annual conferences. Which I believe is one of the highlights of the Atlas Logistic Network.  I’m convinced that our team has the capability to strengthen en enlarge the Atlas logistic network by constantly looking for better and new benefits for all our members.

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GIJS PLEYTE
Senior Advisor & Insurance Specialist

gijs@atlas-network.com
+32 3 2052951

After his education at the Rotterdam Harbor and Transport college Mr. Pleyte worked for various shipping companies being stationed in Brazil, Central America and the USA.  In the early nineties Mr. Pleyte joined a Freight Forwarding company in Rotterdam, with the focus on building an international Network of partners. For various years he was also CEO of the Malaysian subsidiaries.
Afterwards Gijs joined one of the largest Dutch trading houses with production units in China having the full responsibility for their entire logistic activities including QC and on time delivery for their European distribution centers. During this time Gijs was stationed for various years in Shanghai.
In 2006 Mr. Pleyte joined the Atlas Logistics Network as their General Manager. Under his management the network realized a substantial growth adding new benefits serving the members in their expansion. Although semi-retired, Gijs remains connected with his Atlas Family as a Senior Advisor.