Our people


Erik De Ceunynck

Erik De Ceunynck

Eric was born in 1941 in Antwerp, Belgium in a family of opticiens. He is a serial entrepreneur who joined the family’s business after his engineering studies. He developed De Ceunynck nv to become the leading manufacturer of refractive glasses and distributor of high end frames in the Belgian market. In parallel he developed a business focusing on diagnostic equipment for the optic and ophthalmology markets which was spun out from the optics business to become De Ceunynck Medical in 1995.

De Ceunynck nv was acquired by Essilor, a global player in the optics world, in 2009. Over the years De Ceunynck Medical has become a leading distributor in the ophthalmology market in Belgium and Luxemburg. Eric prides himself in creating numerous jobs with the development of growing businesses. The products brought to the market by De Ceunynck Medical served humanity with hundreds of thousands of patients seeing clear again after cataract surgery.

In 2016 he founded De Ceunynck Medical Group with the same ambition as before, growing the business in new medical specialties, create more jobs and serving the community by introducing innovative medical technologies that help curing patients.

Chief Executive Officer

Jef Van Dam

Jef Van Dam

Jef has more than 25 years experience in developing and managing regional and international medtech companies. He held a number of leadership positions in sales & marketing at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and Terumo and general management roles at GE Healthcare, TomoTherapy and Accuray.

Jef holds a Doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, a certified industrial pharmacist and a postgraduate in business administration from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium.

Finance Director

Philip Merckx

Philip Merckx

Philip has more than 20 years of experience in the field of financial audit and finance.

He started his career as financial auditor at PwC in 1999 where he gained experience in a wide variety of industries. In 2016 he became CFO of BAM (Beheersmaatschappij Antwerpen Mobiel).

Since March 2020 Philip is CFO of De Ceunynck Medical.

Customer Care Manager

Natalie Van Langenhove

Nathalie Van Langenhove

Nathalie joined De Ceunynck nv in 1995 and observed several different roles in sales administration and customer care. With the creation of De Ceunynck Medical she evolved into the lead customer care person and was promoted to her current role in 2015.

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