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Thijs Aarten has been appointed chairman of the executive board of knowledge-based energy services company KEMA. He succeeds Pier Nabuurs, who retired April 30.

 

Aarten has been a member of the executive board since May 2006. In light of the further growth and internationalization of KEMA, the executive board is being expanded from two to three members.

 

Also, Hans van Haarst has joined the executive board as chief operating officer. Van Haarst has worked for AkzoNobel as managing director of technology and engineering.

 

Jos Huijbregts will join the executive board as chief financial officer in June. Huijbregts currently works as chief financial officer at Infinitas Learning, formerly Wolters Kluwer Education.

 

Since his appointment in January 2002, the outgoing Nabuurs has led the successful transformation of the KEMA national institute to an internationally recognized and successful, knowledge-based energy services company with branches and representation in more than 20 countries. Moreover, he has made significant contributions to energy innovation in general and smart grids in particular. As former chairman of the EU advisory commission, the European Technology Platform Smart Grids, Nabuurs can be regarded as a father of the concepts “smart grids” and “prosumer.” In the energy world, prosumer is defined as an end user or consumer who produces his own energy and thus becomes a player in the energy market. 

 

Aarten joined KEMA in May 2006 as a member of the executive board. Prior to his appointment, Aarten held management positions in Europe and Asia at Royal Dutch Shell, Koninklijke Pakhoed/Vopak and Shell Global Solutions. Particularly in the past five years, under the leadership of Nabuurs and Aarten, KEMA has experienced strong international growth and development. Aarten graduated from Delft University of Technology in 1980.

 

Van Haarst has more than 25 years’ experience in international management in the chemical and process industry. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Van Haarst worked for ExxonMobil and Accenture. Van Haarst also holds managerial positions, among others at the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and Stichting NAP (Dutch platform for the process industry chain). Van Haarst graduated in chemical engineering from Delft University of Technology.   

 

Huijbregts has more than 20 years of international experience in financial positions. Before joining Infinitas Learning, he worked for Getronics, Christie’s International (Amsterdam, Paris and New York) and Randstad, where his duties included leading the merger and acquisition program in Europe and Asia. Huijbregts graduated in econometrics from the VU University Amsterdam and has completed the advanced management programs at INSEAD and HarvardUniversity.

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Thijs Aarten has been appointed chairman of the executive board of knowledge-based energy services company KEMA. He succeeds Pier Nabuurs, who retired April 30.

 

Aarten has been a member of the executive board since May 2006. In light of the further growth and internationalization of KEMA, the executive board is being expanded from two to three members.

 

Also, Hans van Haarst has joined the executive board as chief operating officer. Van Haarst has worked for AkzoNobel as managing director of technology and engineering.

 

Jos Huijbregts will join the executive board as chief financial officer in June. Huijbregts currently works as chief financial officer at Infinitas Learning, formerly Wolters Kluwer Education.

 

Since his appointment in January 2002, the outgoing Nabuurs has led the successful transformation of the KEMA national institute to an internationally recognized and successful, knowledge-based energy services company with branches and representation in more than 20 countries. Moreover, he has made significant contributions to energy innovation in general and smart grids in particular. As former chairman of the EU advisory commission, the European Technology Platform Smart Grids, Nabuurs can be regarded as a father of the concepts “smart grids” and “prosumer.” In the energy world, prosumer is defined as an end user or consumer who produces his own energy and thus becomes a player in the energy market. 

 

Aarten joined KEMA in May 2006 as a member of the executive board. Prior to his appointment, Aarten held management positions in Europe and Asia at Royal Dutch Shell, Koninklijke Pakhoed/Vopak and Shell Global Solutions. Particularly in the past five years, under the leadership of Nabuurs and Aarten, KEMA has experienced strong international growth and development. Aarten graduated from Delft University of Technology in 1980.

 

Van Haarst has more than 25 years’ experience in international management in the chemical and process industry. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Van Haarst worked for ExxonMobil and Accenture. Van Haarst also holds managerial positions, among others at the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and Stichting NAP (Dutch platform for the process industry chain). Van Haarst graduated in chemical engineering from Delft University of Technology.   

 

Huijbregts has more than 20 years of international experience in financial positions. Before joining Infinitas Learning, he worked for Getronics, Christie’s International (Amsterdam, Paris and New York) and Randstad, where his duties included leading the merger and acquisition program in Europe and Asia. Huijbregts graduated in econometrics from the VU University Amsterdam and has completed the advanced management programs at INSEAD and HarvardUniversity.