My passion is to build businesses, to grow, pivot and continuously strengthen them.
I have a huge curiosity for new technology and see it as a major opportunity to build a competitive edge in business. However, to make a business successful, I believe in good process design and a relentless focus on execution.
As a leader of high performing teams, I apply a transformative leadership philosophy by empowering team-members while giving them a clear vision, direction and regular follow-up. I admire young talent and like to give them the opportunity to grow and prove themselves, always with a good dose of coaching and training.
My achievements to date:
– created and built-up from scratch 3 JVs in the Middle East
– sold over $150m of power plant equipment
– managed an EPC contracting Business Unit with over 120 employees
– built from scratch a $10m p.a. after-sales service business
– turned-around a heavily loss-making €140m p.a. business and sold it to a Private Equity Fund
– closed over 20 M&A transactions as project leader
– managed a global sales organisation with over 1000 sales staff
– implemented an account management process and a CRM solution
– co-founded a Robotics engineering business, today a market leader in infrastructure inspection
– co-founded a venture capital firm, structured and raised 3 venture funds totaling €300m in LP commitments
– led 10 new investments and raised over €100m in follow-on financing for my portfolio companies
– board-member or chairman in 11 company boards
Industries I know most about: energy, engineering, robotics, homeland- and cyber security