Jeroen Derks

Operating Partner

Mr. Derks is an international business leader with an excellent track record in the dairy and whey industry. He brings 30 years of industry experience, holding senior roles in general management, strategy, sales, operations, and investments and expansions.

Before joining AS Equity Partners, Mr. Derks was on the Board of Directors of Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GMBH, the largest single dairy factory in Europe, with 1,8 billion liters of milk processed per annum and 2,300 employees, and part of Unternehmensgruppe Theo Muller.

From 2010 to 2017, he held various senior leadership roles, including commercial director and general manager of Sachsenmilch GmbH’s Milk & Whey Ingredients business unit. Under his leadership, the Müller family made a €70 million investment to upgrade their whey and dry products plant, transforming it into a state-of-the-art production facility with a focus on cleanliness and sustainability.

Mr. Derks is passionate about coaching high-performing leaders, teams, and organizations. He is well-known as the “leader who drives for results, does not take no for an answer, and is not afraid to get his hands dirty.” Mr. Derks enjoys working in different cultural settings and speaks fluent Dutch, German, French, and English.

Career Overview

2009 – Present

Founder & Managing Director, Lil BV

2016 – 2017

President European Whey Processors Association

2015 – 2017

Board of Director, Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GMBH

2012 – 2017

Managing Director, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

2010 – 2012

Commercial Director, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

2008 – 2010

Commercial Director, Interfood B.V.

2004 – 2008

General Manager, Fonterra Co-operative Group

1991 – 2004

Director, G van Den Bergh Nijmegen BV

Education & Qualifications

1990 – 1991  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)

                      Post Grad., International Marketin

1989 – 1990   Stichting Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Studiën

                       Export Management

Languages      Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish