The biography of Jan hak is influenced by his family ties within the Hak family, which founded HAK Conserven B.V. (one of Europe's largest glass perserves factories). His training and work covered all apects of the agro chain, from field to market (sales). This provided him with all-round experience and appreciation for the agri food-chain, especially with respect to potatoes, fruits and vegetables.
Professional activities started in the Middle East with engineering and product development projects for pickles and the dairy industry. After returning to The Netherlands, his first achievement was the restructuring of the food machinery producer Komen+Kuin B.V..
Immediately thereafter he was directly responsible for manufacturing and logstics at HAK B.V.. During his 5 years at the family company he was responsible for 3 locations which experienced turbulent growth and rationalization (doubling turnover, work force reductions, centralization etc.). This experienced added 'hands-on' experience, which later proved to be essential qualifications in the supervisory board of HAK and in finding the best partner in the CSM Group to which HAK B.V. was sold in 1992.
Meanwhile, in 1980, Jan Hak founded H&H Engineering together with a friend. The company became world leader in the supply of potato processing technology and systems, and an important player in the fruits, vegetable and snack food sector. The H&H Group was sold to the Deilman/BMA organization in 1995.
In 1992, Jan Hak established Hak&Partners B.V. as his private company which designs and executes engineering projects for a wide range of processes and product supply chains all over the world. Besides his activities for Hak&Partners, Jan Hak is president of GMV-FME, the Dutch Association for Manufacturers of Machinery for Food Processing.