Ahold Delhaize announces changes to the bol.com Board of Directors
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Zaandam, September 6, 2021 – After more than 20 years with bol.com, Huub Vermeulen has decided to retire from the company. Huub has been involved with the business since the launch of bol.com in 1999, the last four years as brand president. The proposed successor from November 1, 2021 is board colleague Margaret Versteden – van Duijn. Margaret has been with bol.com since 2015 and in her current role as Chief Platform Officer (CPO), she is responsible for bol.com platform activities.
Margaret Versteden – van Duijn (45) has held various management positions at bol.com. She started 6 years ago as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), after which she headed the commercial department as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Last year, she took on the new role of Chief Platform Officer on the Board of Directors, where she became ultimately responsible for the activities of the bol.com platform. Prior to joining bol.com, Margaret worked for Bain & Company, Nike and BCG, among others. Margaret grew up in Australia and has lived in the Netherlands since 2000, with her husband and children.
Margaret Versteden – van Duijn: “I consider it an honor and a fantastic opportunity to take on the leadership of this great organization. In 22 years, bol.com has grown from the number one online bookstore in Europe to a platform where 47,000 business partners sell millions of items to our customers, over 12.5 million Dutch and Belgians. This development was made possible thanks to a strong and motivated team at bol.com which now has 2,500 people. The coming years will also revolve around the growth and further development of our platform. “
20 years of bol.comHuub Vermeulen (57) joined bol.com in 1999 as Managing Director of fulfillment company Docdata (now Ingram Micro), with which bol.com has worked ever since. In 2001 Huub joined bol.com as Director Operations & Fulfillment (COO) and he became Brand President four years ago.
Huub Vermeulen: “The decision to leave bol.com was not easy. But after 20 years at bol.com, I feel the need for a better work-life balance. In addition, I want to create the opportunity to help other entrepreneurs in a non-executive role. Now is a good time to take this step knowing that I will be leaving behind a great company and a great team. From the first day I got to know bol.com as an organization, I was captivated by the tremendous drive, innovative spirit and ambitious mission of the people there. It was an unforgettable adventure to be part of this company practically from the beginning. I would like to express my gratitude to the employees of bol.com for the inspiration and energy they give me every day, as well as to the colleagues of Ahold Delhaize for their trust and collaboration.
European management teamWouter Kolk, CEO Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia: “It is with great confidence that we can announce this milestone within bol.com. Huub was an exceptional brand president, with a clear vision and always focused on moving bol.com forward and with it Ahold Delhaize. I am proud that we can name Margaret as her successor. With her knowledge and experience at bol.com, she is a natural and ambitious replacement. Upon approval, Margaret will also be part of my European management team, where she will play a key role in accelerating cooperation within European brands. I want to thank Huub for her dedication and welcome Margaret to her new role!
Bol.com DirectorySince November 1, 2021, the bol.com board has been made up of Margaret Versteden – van Duijn (Brand President), Boukje Taphoorn (Chief Marketing Officer), Ellen Coopmans (Chief People Officer), Gert-Jan Janssen (Chief Financial Officer) , Jurrie van Rooijen (Chief Technology Officer), Oscar Hundman (Chief Commercial Officer) and Vincent Weijers (Chief Operational Officer). For the current role of Margaret, Chief Platform Officer, a successor will be sought.
The appointment of Margaret as Brand President of bol.com is subject to the opinion of the bol.com works council. Huub will remain with bol.com in a background advisory role until the end of 2021.
About bol.comIn 1999 bol.com was founded in the Netherlands from a construction site in Vianen. It was the first online bookstore in Europe. More than 20 years later, bol.com is the largest online sales platform in the Benelux and has expanded its range of books to millions of products in dozens of product categories, with an emphasis on inedible. Since its inception, bol.com has had the ambition to improve the retail business every day. They now do so with 47,000 local entrepreneurs who sell via bol.com to their customers, more than 12.5 million Dutch and Belgians. Bol.com believes in the power of collaboration, because only with partners can they offer our customers the best shopping (experience). As a “shop for all of us”, everyone should be able to turn to bol.com. The company understands its customers and is there for them, where and when. They still offer convenience, reliability and choice. This is how bol.com is helping retail evolve together to make your daily life easier.
Bol.com employs 2,500 people who work at the head office in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and an office in Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2012, bol.com has been part of Ahold Delhaize.
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