Oscar Smit


Oscar has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer in April 2020. In this position, he is the chairman of the managing board of Progress-PME and responsible for maintaining the Progress values, mission and vision and for realizing the Progress company strategy. He combines this role with his duties as Chief Operations Officer, a position he fulfils since February 2019. As COO, Oscar is responsible for operations, finance, quality, HR and back office.

Oscar joined Progress-PME in 2014. For Progress-PME, he has worked as interim manager for different companies. He has also worked on SAP / MES implementation projects for MSD plants in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Singapore, Indonesia and South-Africa. Oscar is responsible for the lean journey for Progress-PME since 2017.


Oscar has 20+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry. Oscar started his career in validation and qualification at Mallinckrodt (now Curium Pharma) in Petten. He led the sterile production area for more than six years, where aseptic intravenous diagnostics and sterile intermediates were produced. In 2007 he joined MSD in Haarlem where he was Manager Operations in blister packaging for three years and Improvement Engineer in vaccines packaging for four years.

Oscar is a lean six sigma master black belt and certified professional in inventory management (CPIM) by APICS.


Oscar (1973) enjoys playing tennis and soccer, walking, skiing, reading, and watching a movie. He is an active member of the local tennis club. He enjoys spending time with his family (married, two daughters). The ideal holiday must contain mountains.


· Operations management, interim management, change management
· Culture and organization change
· Lean six sigma, operational excellence, continuous improvement
· Supply chain management
· Aseptic processing, lyophilization
· Primary en secondary packaging