Started in the 1930s in Belgium with one man and a horse cart moving trees, Sarens is now a worldwide heavy lifting and engineered transport company. The company was started by CEO Wim Sarens great-grandfather.
"The company slowly started somewhere in between the two World Wars when it was half between a farm woodcutting and transport company, and ultimately it was only after World War Two that the proper structures were put in place as a separate legal entity," Wim says.
While Wim now continues his family's legacy, he did not start his career with Sarens, but with another global company. I graduated engineering in 2002 from the Catholic University of Leuven; however, not to go into engineering but into management consulting. I then got recruited by McKinsey. Wim learned a lot from McKinsey, which he says formed his leadership style at Sarens. So a great part of my career, training, and coaching has taken place inside that company.