About me

My name is Freek Schepers and I am an Innovation consultant and practitioner.

I practice Innovation leadership at three levels:

1. By personally inventing, developing and implementing sustainable, safe and automatically dosed chemical & disinfection systems for the professional cleaning market
2. By creating and coaching multifunctional, multi-site and multi-partner teams focused on breakthrough innovation
3. By defining and implementing the R&D strategy, KPI's and processes that fit with the culture, capabilities and needs of the business leadership teams I work with, and that are focused on delivering the right mix of "new product development", "maintenance; and "cost saving'' projects to market.

I am fortunate to have worked in 6 countries in global, regional and local roles for small to large companies.
I look forward to your innovation-and R&D challenges!

30 years experience in the B2C & B2B cleaning & disinfection industry
R&D professional, track record of many successful patents and flagship products comprising chemical formula's, packaging, dosing system & services that provide outstanding performance, safety and sustainability to customers
Broad experience in global & regional R&D leadership and marketing/strategy-development roles, two years sales and profit responsibility in a country role and several years working as product development & project management consultant
Habit of recruiting, developing and coaching talent and making teams perform
I lived in six countries, experienced many cultures and am comfortable working in english, german and dutch
Practitioner, implementor and consultant of Innovation management techniques as ideation, phase-Gate, project & resource planning, creating KPI's, and prioritising & aligning project portfolio's
2018 Schepers Projects & Innovation
2009 Vice President R&D Institutional Europe for Ecolab (DE and CH)
2004 Global Innovation program director Diversey
2002 Managing Director Finland Diversey
1998 Vice President R&D Europe Diversey
1996 Corporate Global "Foresight" strategy development team (Unilever)
1994 Product Development Professional Cleaning Unilever
1987 Unilever Research (NL & USA)
1986 Military service (NL)
1985 MSc Physical Chemistry Leiden University (NL)

Logo explained

The three bottom elements represent me following the traditional Innovation funnel steps of Concept selection, Development and Implementation in a gated process.
I also practice the top 'reversed funnel' to highlight that these steps take place in an external world of customers, (potential) development partners and market trends in which total project portfolio must periodically be reviewed against business strategy.