Partners and Associates join Bold Capital Management

22 January 2019

Netherlands-based Bold Capital Management has in recent weeks bolstered its senior ranks with four senior advisors, including two partners – Nico Dijkstra and Han van Kasteren – taking the size of the firm’s partnership to eleven.

Nico Dijkstra brings over 25 years of experience in transactions and corporate development to the management consulting and financial advisory firm. In addition to advising on acquisitions, divestments and mergers, Dijkstra has extensive experience with company distress cases, having provided restructuring services focused on capital structure, governance and operations. Prior to joining Bold Capital Management, he worked at Deutsche Bank in London, as Head of Corporate Finance at NIBC Bank and Partner at Deloitte.

Han van Kasteren has 18 years of experience as a management consultant – he previously served A.T. Kearney and Het Strategiekantoor, a local network-based management consultancy provider. Outside of the consulting industry, Van Kasteren worked for Boskalis, a dredging and heavy-lift company, and SAP, the globe’s second largest provider of ERP solutions. At Bold Capital Management, the Delft University and Rotterdam School of Management graduate will support clients on topics including new market entry, sales strategy, digitisation and business process redesign.Nico Dijkstra, Han van Kasteren, Jos Arnoldussen, Edwin Martherus

Expanding the firm’s network of associates – independent consultants which have affiliated themselves to the brand – are Jos Arnoldussen and Edwin Martherus. Both seniors have joined as Associate Partner and bring diverse experience to the consulting firm.

Jos Arnoldussen is an experienced interim CFO and finance transformation manager with a track record in business transformation, turnaround & restructuring and business process redesign. Over the past decade, he worked as an interim finance executive / manager, supporting corporates, midcap and smaller enterprises with finance strategy and execution. Previously he served Shell for eleven years, and his tenure saw him hold several senior finance management roles. After obtaining his Master’s degree, he started his career at KPMG.

Edwin Martherus is a transformation manager and experienced consultant with extensive experience in governance, risk & compliance, quality management and business resilience. Prior to taking on his current role, he worked for Dura Vermeer, professional services firms KPMG, Deloitte, Arthur Andersen and Aon, and for the Royal Dutch Navy. Experience gained throughout his 20+ year career has seen him work with corporates, midcap & smaller enterprises and semi-profit organisations.

Earlier this year, both Bain & Company (Kyle Weza) and Roland Berger (Casper Veenman and Erwin Douma) added new faces to their partner team in Amsterdam.

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Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”