Who was Wim van der Leegte? Former VDL Group CEO Dies at 76

Wim van der Leegte: A Legacy of Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Wim van der Leegte, the former CEO of VDL Groep, played a transformative role in the Dutch business landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

However, it is sad for us to bring you this news that The Business Mogul has passed on. He died at the age of 76.

Early Involvement in the Family Business

Born in 1947, Wim van der Leegte entered the family business, ‘Metaalindustrie en Constructiewerkplaats P. van der Leegte’, at the age of 19 in 1966.

His early contributions signaled the beginning of a career that would shape the destiny of the company.

A Visionary Leader

In 1977, Wim van der Leegte introduced an open management model that marked a turning point for VDL Groep.

This innovative approach involved employees in various aspects of decision-making, fostering a collaborative culture that contributed significantly to the company’s success.

Half a Century of Leadership

Wim van der Leegte’s leadership spanned an impressive 50 years, during which he navigated the challenges of the business world and guided VDL Groep to become one of Europe’s leading auto and bus manufacturers.

His tenure at the helm was characterized by strategic vision, resilience, and a commitment to excellence.

Transition to the Next Generation

In 2016, after five decades of dedicated service, Wim van der Leegte retired from his role as CEO.

He passed the reins of the family business to the capable hands of the management team, ensuring a seamless transition.

His three children – Pieter, Jennifer, and Willem – continue the family legacy within VDL Groep.

End of an Era

On November 19, 2023, Wim van der Leegte’s journey came to a close as he passed away at the age of 76.

His legacy lives on through the enduring success of VDL Groep and the values of leadership and entrepreneurship he instilled in the company.