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The executive team 

The Executive Team is responsible for the management of the Group including but not limited to, business progress as well as achieving the goals, strategy and profit development. They also hold responsibility for legislative and regulative compliance and the overall financial position of the Group. Ensuring that the group uphold the Group’s corporate values is of primary importance since they fundamentally believe that Safety, Innovation and Integrity are the basis to succeed in the Group’s mission to a more sustainable future. 

Paul Knight

Member of the Executive Team – CEO 

Nationality: British 

Paul Knight is the CEO of Blue Phoenix Group. He is responsible for leading the overall direction and strategy of the organization. He is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and business transformation to drive competitiveness and customer value. “Our mission is to give residual products of waste a new life so we can meet our credo: building a sustainable future”.  

Paul has been in the construction sector for over 25 years. A highly knowledgeable Board-level Director with extensive commercial, operational and technical experience, both in Europe and internationally, where he has lead operations of global multi-site facilities; dealing with culture diversity, change management and diverging worldwide conditions whilst developing strategic direction and vision in challenging markets. 

Paul was appointed as CEO of the Group in 2017. 

Arjen de Jong

Member of the Executive team – CFO 

Nationality: Dutch 

Arjen de Jong is CFO of the Blue Phoenix Group and as a member or the Executive team his focus is on financial strategy and operational excellence. He is passionate about solving dynamic problems and is responsible for driving the group’s overall financial strategy, including growth plans, as we continue to expand our sustainable footprint.

Arjen has a master degree in economics and brings over 20 years of experience in finance roles for international companies in business services, steel distribution, and logistics. His experience navigating high growth companies and developing new business strategies will deliver meaningful results for this stage of Blue Phoenix. He believes he can utilize his skills and working experience in multinational companies to find new ways to do business and provide financial leadership.

Arjen is working for Blue Phoenix Group since April 2018.

John Bleijs

Member of the Executive Team- CTO

Nationality: Dutch

John Bleijs is the CTO of Blue Phoenix Group and a member of the executive team. He is responsible for the Research & Development strategy of the company. In addition to this role, John is also Managing Director for our European Business. In this position, he enables the growth of the Blue Phoenix Group across Europe.

John has been active in the recycling industry for over 15 years and joined Blue Phoenix Group in 2010. With his deep understanding of recycling technology, he leads the technology innovation program to constantly improve the solution portfolio to serve our customers optimally and sustainably. 

With a focus shift towards creating metal and mineral products that have a high impact on lowering carbon emissions and bringing resources back into the circular economy, Blue Phoenix Group gives meaning to Building a Sustainable Future.

John was appointed CTO of the Group in 2021.