Kees has extensive experience in developing, internationalizing and scaling up companies
At age 20 he co-founded his first company, Blauw Research. Since then, he has co-founded GDCC, Yournews, Bloomerce, and Scaleup Company. Recently (2009-2013), he was the CEO of SSI, the first global provider of data solutions and technology for consumer and business-to-business survey research with 2,500 employees in 26 countries.
Kees is very active in the Dutch growth ecosystem, where he is a member of the jury of several Dutch growth awards, and is on the board of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship along with the board of his own companies. He co-founded nlgroeit, a Dutch program that aims to enhance the growth capacity of Dutch SME’s. Kees is frequently invited to speak about growth and scalability of businesses. He published a book ‘Groter Groeien’, which is based on his columns in the Dutch financial press.
Kees studied Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has taken part in several executive courses at MIT and Harvard.