Executive Leadership Team

Portrait picture of CEO Harry Christiaens Harry Christiaens, PhD
Harry has significant leadership experience with 15+ years in the pharma and biotech industry. He successfully transformed Pharmavize, a regulatory consultancy company into a leading CDMO, establishing a GMP team and infrastructure from scratch. Since 2015, he led the acquisitions and integration of five companies providing highly complementary services. He successfully integrated the service offering of the acquired companies onto one platform, creating the Ardena brand.
Portrait picture of CFO Filip Van Herck Filip Van Herck, CPA
Filip joined Ardena as Chief Financial Officer in October 2017. Prior to joining Ardena, Filip held various roles at Capsugel (post spin-out from Pfizer) and Lonza (post its acquisition of Capsugel). Responsibilities included the coordination of the IPO readiness efforts, and the integration of the finance departments post acquisition of Capsugel by Lonza.
Earlier in his career, Filip held various financial roles with increasing responsibility at Cisco. He holds a degree in Applied Economics from the University of Leuven, Belgium and a degree in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Business School, Ireland. Filip is a Certified Public Accountant (AICPA).
Portrait picture of Business Unit Director Gerjan Kemperman Gerjan Kemperman, PhD
Gerjan has significant leadership experience with 15+ years in the pharma industry. He worked previously at Organon/MSD in various leadership roles. Gerjan co-founded ChemConnection in 2012. He successfully led and grew the company and finally managed its buyout to Mentha Capital in 2018.
Portrait picture of Guido Wallraff Guido Wallraff
Corporate Business Development Director
Guido is an entrepreneurial-minded senior executive with consistent successes in starting, building, growing and improving revenue and profitability of life science product and service businesses. Guido has more than 25 years of experience.
Portrait picture of Anouschka Wodrada Anouschka Wodrada
Head Of People
Anouschka has over 25 years of experience in international human resources management as well with large corporates as with fast growing scale ups, operating preferably in innovative environments. Main topics in her portfolio are; employer branding, organization development, learning & development, talentmanagement, culture and internal communication.
Peter Vermeylen
Peter received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University in Leuven (Belgium). Peter comes to us with more than 20 years of IT experience, having served at corporate level several companies in different industries. Over the past five years, Peter has been working for an international, certified pharmaceutical lab. He understands the requirements imposed by a GxP environment and the IT challenges it brings.