Hendson is created by three founding partners in order to make their combined expertise available for SME's. We are approachable pragmatists and extend your capabilities by adding ours. Hendson works in an advisory and/or hands-on way, in order to provide you with the required support. The profiles of the founders of Hendson are listed below.
After his studies Business Economics (MSc) Frank started his career at Akzo Nobel in the Basic Chemical Division. He was promoted in 1991 into the role as BU-controller. In the European Team Member of the Industrial Coatings group he played an important role in transforming the coatings division. It was shifted form a country based organization towards an international business unit. He participated in developing new business plans and marketing strategies.n 1994 he was appointed as Country CFO Germany in Stuttgart for the coatings division. In that role he co-executed a major restructuring. He developed an in-depth knowledge of IT, finance, planning & control. The performed business redesign processes combined with rigid asset reduction created a viable base for further growth. In 2001 he started to work for the US-based Alcoa Corporation as European CFO for their automotive JV, a TIER1 automotive supplier (wire harness & electronics) with major operations in Central- and Eastern Europe. After having negotiated the acquisition of the wire harness of Siemens the new activity was integrated. In this very competitive and very labor intensive environment, he achieved an extensive background in strategic repositioning, manufacturing relocations and restructuring. Demonstrated effective business improvements whilst maintaining highest levels of team motivation in transitional turbulent competitive environments. After moving to Belgium in 2009 he worked as a Financial Director EMEA & Asia for Thomas & Betts, an US based manufacturer of electrical products. During that period the business grew significantly internally and by acquisition, resulting in the need for further expansion in the Middle East & Asia for which new manufacturing and logistical footprints were established. In the beginning of 2015 Frank founded Nedube, a company active as an independent financial professional, mainly focusing on startups. At the end of 2015, together with Iemke Kuijper (CAPT RNLN Retd. , MBA) and Steven Martin, Frank started Hendson, a company dedicated to providing on-call management expertise to small- and medium sized businesses.
Capt.(N) Iemke Kuijper, joined the Royal Dutch Navy on 12 August 1977 and started in several seafaring jobs. During the Eighties he served as Air Defense Officer on M-Frigates and as project-officer, he defined the staff requirements for the M-Frigate trainer. During a period of 4 years. he served as Second in Command on frigates. In 1995 he joined the Royal Netherlands Naval College as a university teacher in Business Administration and he completed his university education in business administration during which he developed a model for organization diagnoses as a part of his thesis. At the same time he was one of the members of the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) group, which had the task to develop a new organizational design for the Initial Education of the officers of the Dutch Armed Forces. In the late nineties he was selected by the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic for the post of ADC to SACLANT, which he fulfilled for three and a half year. During this assignment he was responsible for the arrangement and content of the travel of SACLANT and CINC Joined Forces Command. He commanded the frigate van Galen with which he joined the Maritime Task Force in a crisis reponse operation in the Red Sea. In 2003 he served as Military Advisor to Ambassador of the Netherlands delegation to NATO. During which he was responsible for advice on military operations, and represented the Netherlands in different committees related to Weapons of Mass Destruction. From 2006 till 2010 he was a board member of the Netherland Defense Academy and responsible for Officers Education for the Navy and project manager for the redesign of the Netherlands Defense Academy. In 2010 CAPT Kuijper took up the job as staff officer Plan and Policy of the Netherlands Military Delegation to NATO HQ in Brussels. During this assignment he represented the Netherlands Military on policy issues and used his organizational expertise for the review of the International Military Staff. In September 2013 he retired and set up his own company providing expert analysis and advises on organizational design, business strategy, and strategic issues. At the end of 2015, together with Steven Martin and Frank den Brok (MSc), started ‘Hendson’, a company dedicated to providing on-call management expertise to small- and medium sized businesses.
After working for several years in the Dutch banking sector Steven Martin joined the international messaging network SWIFT in Brussels where as a member of senior management he was fortunate to play a role in the transformation from a cooperative monopoly to a much more commercial organisation. This allowed him to build up experience in a strong multi-cultural environment (2.000 staff from over 50 nationalities) while interacting with customers from all over the world. Initial responsibilities took him across the globe, working as country manager for a series of very diverse countries, living in the US for a technology transformation project and creating SWIFT’s global Key Client Programme. From 2003 to 2006, as SWIFT’s Sales Director for North & Central Europe - the largest revenue driver for the company - Steven hired and coached a strong international sales team. He built up relationships and negotiated contracts with C-suite executives of the main financial institutions and corporates in Europe and the Middle East. He also led the opening of new sales offices in Frankfurt, Zürich and Stockholm. In 2006, at the request of the CEO, he took over a troubled global business unit that was developing and selling SWIFT’s training and education portfolio. Within 2 years he guided it from a 2 million Euro loss-making and demotivated group into a successful and 2 million Euro profit-making team. In the period that followed, building on his experience and ability to speak four languages, Steven further extended his network to include customers and technology companies in Asia, Africa and North America. He expanded the business unit’s revenue and reach further and led it through a Lean transformation programme. Other responsibilities included the creation of a diversity initiative within SWIFT. In 2012 Steven founded Front Bow and has been active as an independent entrepreneur, with projects including SaaS start-up’s, job-boards, talent search & training companies, as well as several advisory roles. At the end of 2015, together with Iemke Kuijper (CAPT RNLN Retd. , MBA) and Frank den Brok (MSc), Steven started ‘Hendson’, a company dedicated to providing on-call management expertise to small- and medium sized businesses.