Organisation

Photo: Hanne Hansen

Board of Directors

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is governed by the Board of Directors representing both Swedish and Dutch companies in the Netherlands. The Swedish Ambassador the Netherlands, H.E. Mrs. Annika Markovic is appointed Honorary Chairwoman of the Board. The Chairman is nominated by the Board and approved by the Members.

H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Annika Markovic

Position and company

Honorary Chairwoman

Nationality

Swedish

Ehsan Turabaz

Position and company

Chairman
Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Nationality

Dutch

Johan Uhlin

Position and company

Vice Chairman
Scania Production Nederland B.V.

Nationality

Swedish

Bert Heikens

Position and company

Treasurer
AKD

Nationality

Dutch

Kathy Dolk

Position and company

Amsterdam Business Support B.V.

Nationality

Swedish/Dutch

Everth Flores

Position and company

Ericsson

Annika Hult

Position and company

Stena Line

Nationality

Swedish

Wilko Klaassen

Position and company

Klarna B.V.

Nationality

Dutch

Roland van Pooij

Position and company

Handelsbanken

Nationality

Dutch

Jan Sundelin

Position and company

TIE Kinetix

Nationality

Swedish

New Board Members appointed at Annual General Meeting June 30, 2020

Herrik van der Gaag

Herrik van der Gaag currently holds the role of CEO at Volo Cars Netherlands. He brings more than 20 years of international management experience in wholesale, retail and brand management at leading global companies such as Volvo Cars, NBA and Champion, but also strong local companies such as De Mandemakers Groep.

“The Swedish Chamber for Commerce brings together some of the best Swedish companies represented in the Netherlands, bridging  cultural differences and providing platforms for interpersonal relations, essential for today’s international business environment,” says Herrik van der Graag. 

 

Ruth de Jager

Ruth de Jager is Country Manager for Storytel in The Netherlands. She started 2 1/2 years ago. She made her career through mayor entertainment brands as Paramount, Universal and HBO. She lives with her husband and 4 children in Amsterdam.

 
Ruth de Jager: “I am honoured to be considered as a member of the board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, It is impressive to see the reach and inspiration Kerstin and her network set in motion. I very much support the Swedish core values, like sustainability and especially the much admired equality between men and women.”

Rik Zuidmeer

Rik Zuidmeer is a Partner and member of the International Leadership Team of Mercuri Urval.

He is responsible for International Business and works globally with clients and colleagues to deliver projects in more than 60 countries. He is Executive Director for Mercuri Urval NL and likes to be outside working with clients as much as possible.

Before joining Mercuri Urval in 2001 Rik worked as an Officer in the Dutch Army for 12 years and in the Retail sector both in various management positions.

He finds it important to contribute to society acting as a Chairman in voluntary organisations and member of an advisory Board in the sports and education sector.

Rik graduated from the OCOSD (Military Academy) and earned a Master Degree at the Free University of Amsterdam: graduated at the Faculty of Business Economics with a specialisation in Management Consultancy. He is married and a father of 2 grown up kids.

 

 

Committees


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee outlines the work and decisions for the Board and supports the General Manager of the Chamber. The Chairman of the Chamber heads the Committee Ehsan Turabaz, Inter IKEA Group, Johan Uhlin Scania Production Nederland, Bert Heikens, AKD, Handelsbanken, Kerstin Gerlagh, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees the financial administration of the Chamber, including the budget setting on behalf of the Board. Bert Heikens,  AKD, Ehsan Turabaz, Inter IKEA Group, Kerstin Gerlagh, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee is responsible for the nomination of Board Members, Committee members and functions within the Board. Ehsan Turabaz, Inter IKEA Group,  Kerstin Gerlagh, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Patron and Member Committee

The Patron and Member Committee develop (new) member strategies, including the acquisition of new members and (new) Patron Companies. Bert Heikens, AKD, Ehsan Turabaz Inter IKEA Group, and Kerstin Gerlagh, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Young Professionals Committee

Marta Radinovic Lukic, Charlotta Björk, Melina Bendelin, Sanne Creusen, Oliver Karlsson

 

Honorary Members

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands

 

Nils van Dijkman
Member of the Board: 2007  – 2015
Chairman: 2008 – 2015
Company: Heussen

 

Bert Gort

Member of the Board: 1980-2000

Company:                    Beran BV

 

Ben Hummel

Member of the Board: 1980-2000

Chairman:                    1994-1996

Company:                    ABN AMRO Bank

 

Henk Lokin

Member of the Board: 2000-2008

Chairman:                    2003-2008

Company:                    First Alliance Trust

 

Gerard Perik

Member of the Board:

Company:                    Bofors

Patrons