Frans van Giel is CTO of Beaulieu. Frans has 21 years of prior experience with Bekaert, with increasing levels of responsibility, up to the level of Vice President Business Development and Chief Technology Officer. Frans has built strong expertise in research and development, operations, restructuring and growing new businesses. As the general manager business development he was also responsible for Corporate Venturing and served as director in different boards of US and Israel based early stage companies. In March 2010, Frans left Bekaert and joined “develop Mechanics N.V.”, a Belgian high tech company, as an equity partner. With “develop Mechanics N.V.” he has tasted all aspects of entrepreneurship related to a small technology driven enterprise. Frans holds an M.Sc. in Electromechanical Engineering from VUB (University of Brussels) and an M.Sc.I.E. in Electronic Engineering from KIH West Flanders. He has also followed the General Management Programme at the European Centre for Executive Development, Insead, Fontainebleau, France.