From 1 July 2016 the current Group Director, Geert van de Laar (56) will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of facilities services provider Facilicom Services Group. Hans Gennissen, currently president-director and chairman of the Governing Board of Facilicom, will continue to act as chairman of the Board.
An honour to be leading this fantastic family business
Geert van de Laar on his appointment: 'I have been involved with Facilicom for over 25 years. I consider it an honour and challenge to be leading this fantastic family business. We will of course continue on the path taken: to be the most client-orientated facilities services provider. Our ambition remains directed towards strong single service brands and on our unique integrated proposition via Facilicom Solutions. In addition to client-orientation, it remains important to continue to focus on operational optimisation. In particular in recent times, during the crisis, it became apparent that strong financial ratios are important. And, we may profile ourselves with more pride! We are going to let go of the Rotterdam down-to-earth mentality. I certainly intend to push this.'
Both men are energised by their new roles
This certainly does not mean that Hans Gennissen is going to withdraw from the company. Gennissen: 'It is healthy that after 20 or so years, someone else will take this place. Geert has a different style of management which suits the challenges we will be facing in the coming years. We also know each other really well. As chairman of the Board I remain ultimately responsible for Facilicom and I am better able to develop the strategic role of the Governing Board. Both Geert and I are energized by our new roles'.