VBH, the leading technology integrator in the superyacht sector, has announced that Michiel Haverkorn van Rijsewijk has been appointed to the leadership role at the company as Director, commencing 5 January 2015.
He will take over from André Meijer, Managing Director of Imtech Marine, who has been managing the company on an interim basis for the past few months.
Michiel has extensive experience in the world of AV / IT and brings with him a range of skills that will be valuable to VBH as it continues to grow in a highly competitive market place. His entrepreneurial flair emerged early when, while studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Delft, he founded in 1989 his own ICT company Corngroup B.V, which over ten years grew into a successful business. In 1992 he also launched one of the first Internet Service Providers in the Netherlands.
After selling his business in 1999, Michiel started his career with the technology multinational Philips, working in various global business leadership roles; launching new businesses in Asia, the US and Europe and turning around mature businesses and launching them into their next phases of profitable growth. In 2008 he was appointed Vice President and CEO for Philips Lighting Middle East & Africa.
In 2012, Michiel joined the Executive Team of Ecofys as director for the Renewable Energy Division.
With his background as an entrepreneur and his experience in commercial leadership, strategic and international business development and business transformation, the board of VBH is confident that Michiel will be a valuable addition to the team, and the right person to lead VBH to further growth.
Michiel says that he is "thrilled with the opportunity to lead VBH in the next chapter of sustainable growth. I recognise great potential to accelerate the path of continued success together with our partners. From a more personal perspective, I have a great passion for yachting myself and also a strong interest in high-tech innovations in the areas of entertainment, connectivity and design."