Oscar Smit


Oscar was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2020. In this position he is the chairman of the managing board of Progress 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 has fulfilled since February 2019. As COO, Oscar is responsible for operations, finance, quality, HR and back office.

Oscar joined Progress in 2014. Before that he worked as interim manager for various companies. He has also worked on SAP / MES implementation projects for MSD plants in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Singapore, Indonesia and South-Africa. Oscar has been responsible for the Progress Lean journey since 2017.


Oscar has 20+ years of 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. For over six years he led the sterile production area, where aseptic intravenous diagnostics and sterile intermediates were produced. In 2007 he joined MSD in Haarlem where he worked as Manager Operations in blister packaging for three years and Improvement Engineer in vaccine 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). His 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