After being with Facilicom Group for more than 32 years, Geert van de Laar (62) will sign over his position as CEO of the Group to Eric Otto (52) on 1 January 2022. During his career, Van de Laar has seen Facilicom Group’s turnover increase tenfold and the company grow to employ over 25,000 people. Van de Laar, in a variety of roles - the last 5 years as CEO - has had a major part in this expansion.
Eric Otto will join Facilicom Group on 1 September 2021 to concentrate on becoming thoroughly acquainted with Facilicom Group and its extensive services portfolio before 1 January 2022. Otto, who is currently COO at SHV’s subsidiary ERIKS, has held a range of executive positions in a number of major (family) firms, including Bruynzeel Keukens, Pon (Gazelle) and SHV.
‘During my career, I have helped build up a company that is as firm as a rock and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,’ Geert van de Laar explains his decision. ‘We’ve created a company with a focus on people, an enterprising culture and a solid financial base. Even though it’s very hard to say goodbye after such a long time, I’ve no hesitation in handing over the management to Eric Otto. I’m looking forward to the next stage of my life, early retirement.”
Eric Otto adds: ‘It’s going to be a real challenge, leading this great Dutch family business. I must say, I find the varied range of services and the diversity very appealing. I’m going to spend the next four months making sure I get to know all the company’s divisions inside and out so I am ready to pick up the baton by 1 January and get on with helping build up Facilicom Group’s growth and achievements.
Hans Gennissen, the former CEO and currently Chairman of Facilicom’s Governing Board, looking back and discussing the change of management, says: ‘I’ve had a fantastic time working with Geert, it’s been more than 30 years. Together, we’ve been through a lot, and we’ve helped the company get to where it is today. It will be strange not having Geert around, but he’s left us with solid foundations. We have every confidence that Eric and the management team will continue to lead the company along the upwards path.’
As CEO, Eric Otto will be an executive member of Facilicom Group’s Governing Board and makes up the Group Management Team together with Albert van der Meulen (Vice CEO) and Maartje Bouvy (CFO).