A recurring theme in my professional career has been diving into complex problems and translating them in to simple terms. This ability and a nose for young talent, has brought me many different business card titles in my professional life. Now I intend to give it my all to help the next generation of entrepreneurs build meaningful businesses.
I’m passionate about food, football, policy and yes, watching darts! Based in London but far too often on an airplane, I’ve been happily married to my wife Heleen since my teenage years.
Over three decades, I have held numerous executive positions at leading telecommunications and technology providers. I was Chief Executive Officer of BT Group PLC and Alcatel-Lucent. I have served as President of KPN Telecom and Vice-Chairman of Lucent Technologies. I am currently on the Board of Directors of Akamai, AkzoNobel, Bharti Airtel and OFCOM. I am an Officer of the order Orange-Nassau, Honorary Knight of the British Empire (KBE) and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. I have a master's degree in law and international politics from the University of Utrecht.