It is all about having the right people for the job, with the professional background and the personality to match.
The partners in Nimbus work as a team since 1999, which is unique in our line of work.
Our managers differ in education, experience and personality. They are open minded, prepared to discuss any proposition and willing to share their personal view. Glad to meet you.
Ed van Dijk
Ed van Dijk studied Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology and attained his MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He first worked for Shell International and later in the semiconductor industry before joining Gilde Investment Fund, a leading venture capital company in the Netherlands. In 1993 he led a management buy-in of industrial toolmaker Gerfa Rex. This was a heavily loss-making group before Ed masterminded its restructuring and return to profit. That project was also the crucible for the foundation of Nimbus. As well as directing Nimbus, he continues to apply his own hands-on skills at firms requiring strategic changes. His financial expertise has proven extremely valuable to several Nimbus companies.
Gert Jan Hubers
Gert Jan Hubers studied Petroleum Engineering at Delft University of Technology, and then obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School. After working as a consultant for Booz. Allen & Hamilton he joined the Wolters Schaberg Group, where he was responsible for several turnarounds in its industrial and retail activities. He subsequently founded Gietburg Holding, a supplier of motor-vehicle parts and components. By applying a co-makership strategy to manufacturers of iron and aluminium parts, the company is developing into a component manufacturer for the leading players in the motor industry. Gert Jan is also a partner in Nimbus. He enjoys working with the management teams of our companies to improve corporate performance, as well as involving the employees who are the critical factor in any improvement plan.
Marc Renne studied Business Economics in Rotterdam. Following a spell at Exxon, he joined the Investment Management & Consulting Group. After three years as a consultant, he performed his first management buy-in in 1989. A second MBI followed in 1991. This company was sold six years later. During the same period Marc completed the AMP programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Following the sale of the second company, Marc became Director of Business Development at Geveke NV. Here he was responsible for overall company strategy and all M&A activities. After a short period at a private equity company, Marc joined Nimbus in 2001 as its third partner. He has had ties with Nimbus since its formation in 1993, when he joined the group of informal investors. Marc enjoys combining his experience in making deals and in hands-on turnaround management.
Kaj Grichnik is a Geologist by education and obtained an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He joined Nimbus from Booz & Company, where he focused on helping industrial and basic materials companies transform their operations to confront today’s global marketplace. His professional achievements include: turning around a specialty steel maker, redesigning the global factory network of an agricultural-technology company, developing a manufacturing franchising concept for a fitness equipment producer, conceiving a new transmissions plant in China for a tractor JV and restructuring a specialty aerospace machine-builder. He is the author of the 2008 WSJ bestseller “Make or Break” about the importance of controlling access to manufacturing for companies and national economies. In his free-time Mr. Grichnik supports two pro-bono ventures – Transparency International and the french association for the victims of terrorism (AfVT). He is a german-dutch national, speaks french fluently, and is a Nimbus Partner based in our Munich office.
Paul Frohn studied Business Economics and Accountancy at the University of Amsterdam. After working at Booz.Allen & Hamilton as a business analyst, he joined Akzo Nobel Coatings – initially as Controller and Sales Manager, and later as General Manager. Paul has since gained considerable further experience as a General Manager in other production and distribution companies. He has headed workforces ranging from 10 to 250 people and built up considerable international experience in both Europe and the USA, where he was based for several years. With his background as a controller, Paul combines a good understanding of accounts with an affinity for commerce and an enjoyment of dealing with people. Although a true all-rounder, he has always had a particular interest in business strategy and organisation.
Before joining Philips Electronics in 1992, Edwin Puijpe studied Business Economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. At the Philips group, Edwin gained substantial international experience in both business-to-business environments and consumer-goods activities. In 1995 he graduated as a Chartered Controller. After that he worked for six years with Atos Origin, first in Singapore as Finance Director for the Asia Pacific region and then in Brazil for three years as Chief Financial Officer for South America. In both cases he led restructuring activities and improved operational processes, achieving successful turnarounds. Edwin’s approach can be best characterised as driven, open and pragmatic.
Reporting & Control
Annemarie Huiszoon worked more than 7 years for 2 Dutch accountancy firms and combined her work with a study at the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (NBA). After that period she worked for more than 10 years as a controller for several domestic and international companies. She finalized a study in Business Economics (HEAO- BE). Within Nimbus she is responsible for reporting & control of the Nimbus entities.
Christian Basedow studied Industrial Engineering and Management (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at the University of Karlsruhe and obtained a Masters in Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He started working for a German engineering and construction company before joining Booz & Company as a management consultant. During his five years at Booz, Christian focused on improving operations in amongst others the automotive, steel and oil & chemicals industries covering topics from operations strategy down to lean manufacturing applications on the shop floor. His hands-on experience and pragmatic view on operations improvements is proving a very valuable asset to the Nimbus portfolio of companies.
Henning Andresen studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Darmstadt (TU). He started his career in the automotive industry at former Daimler Chrysler- initially in production(planning), launch management and later in strategy development. After several years in the automotive industry Henning joined Booz & Company as a management consultant. During his five years with Booz, he specialized in operations and gained considerable experience in the design and implementation of large restructuring/transformation programs in various industries and across geographies. He now applies his background in operations and his proven ability to deal with difficult issues in top management quarters as well as on shop floor level to the Nimbus companies.
Janneke de Ruiter
Janneke de Ruiter studied Tax Law at the University of Groningen. After working at PwC and Deloitte as an M&A tax advisor, she mostly worked as an interim tax manager for companies owned by private equity funds. Furthermore she owned a consultancy company with a focus on tax in M&A transactions. Janneke has since gained considerable further experience as a tax manager in both private equity transactions and companies owned by private equity funds. Janneke brings valuable input to the Nimbus team, making sure Nimbus transactions are safe and sound in terms of tax. She also monitors and supports the Nimbus portfolio companies in the field of taxes during our holding period.
Jos Jager studied Shipbuilding and Mechanical Engineering before joining Chevron Tankers Nederland BV, where he specialised in dry-docking (major maintenance) and sailing with very large crude carriers. He then moved to Volker Stevin Dredging Company, first as a Mechanical Engineer and later as a Supervising ME on what were at the time the most modern ships afloat. Jos later worked as a head of maintenance and repair and as a production manager in process-oriented industries. He has managed a number of major projects, including the start-up of a manufacturing operation in Germany and the installation of a new production line at a Dutch company. At Nimbus, Jos is active as Operations Manager and has carried out successful operational improvement projects at Vialle, as Fluitronics France and Geveke Denmark. He recently set up a Nimbus purchasing office in China. His practical, hands-on expertise has proven very valuable to Nimbus companies.
Alexander de Haas
Alexander de Haas studied Business Administration at Groningen University and attained his executive MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He first worked at a family office specialized in asset management, private equity and corporate finance before joining the mergers & acquisitions advisory department of Rabobank in 2007. In this role Alexander gained a lot of international experience by executing numerous cross-border M&A deals in the food & agri sector, also from the New York office. After his return in 2010 from the United States, Alexander joined Phoenix, the private equity label within Rabobank focused on restructuring cases. In this role he assessed opportunities which led to the execution of over 25 acquisitions, exits or wind-downs of portfolio companies. Alexander designed and implemented strategic road maps at numerous portfolio companies through market and profitability analyses which led to growth opportunities and investment and divestment programs. He also originated and executed performance and working capital improvement initiatives. Alexander enjoys working together with management teams, using his financial and restructuring experience to increase efficiency and performance.
Astrid Vendrig worked for several SME accounting firms for eight years, and graduated as a chartered accountant. She continued her career working for the tax authorities. She started working for Nimbus in 2004, being responsible for parts of the financial back office of Nimbus, including the financial administration of the German establishment.
Eric van de Bospoort
Investment / Finance
Eric van de Bospoort worked for 15 years with several of the “big five” accountancy firms in the Netherlands. A combination of studies at the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountancy (NIVRA) and his day-to-day accountancy work resulted in broad experience with many different companies in various sectors, as well as non-profit organisations. This is now being used at Nimbus to perform quick scans and due diligence studies at potential acquisitions. In recent years Eric has worked as a (group) controller for both domestic and international companies. His areas of expertise include restructuring organisations, attracting venture capital, preparing buy-outs and the implementation of new IT systems, particularly in production areas. At Nimbus these skills have been used to introduce our own financial reporting system, which enables rapid analysis of the new acquisition’s daily business.
Investment / Finance
Dirk Schadwill studied business information systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) in Kiel, Germany, after having completed a commercial apprenticeship. He then graduated as an accountant (Bilanzbuchhalter) and operated as controller at a German subsidiary of US firm Hasco. He switched to consulting, with focus on restructuring activities and implementation of accounting and management information systems in manufacturing and trading companies. Being an all-rounder, he combines commercial know-how with database and programming skills which makes Dirk to a data analysis specialist, well positioned to help Nimbus in short-term implementing information systems and cost reduction studies.
Investment / Finance
Jonno Beugels studied Business Economics at the University of Amsterdam. He then worked in various international roles at (Smurfit) Kappa Packaging Group, first at head office in strategic sourcing and later as a financial analyst, where he contributed to the acquisition and integration of the Assi Domän group. After that he gained more experience as a locally stationed business controller for the Italian paper operations, and back in the Netherlands as a regional controller in the Packaging division. Jonno has been actively involved in restructuring processes both in Italy and in Holland. Jonno enjoys working with local teams at all levels, using his financial and restructuring experience to increase efficiency and performance.
Jan Cees Prins
Jan Cees Prins studied Business Administration at Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University Rotterdam. Jan Cees worked in Singapore for Rabobank, where he was a project and program manager on improving management information and performance and he joined the risk department as a credit analyst, specializing in trade and commodity finance. After relocating to the Netherlands he joined the mergers & acquisitions advisory department of Rabobank. In this role he was involved in the execution and origination of cross-border M&A deals and equity issues in the TMI (telecom, media and internet) and F&A (food & agri) sector.
Thereafter Jan Cees became responsible for setting up Phoenix Recovery Capital. This label focuses on investments in special situations and restructurings. In this role he successfully built up a portfolio of over 10 companies and executed numerous transactions, including acquisitions, exits or wind-downs of portfolio companies. Through his involvement, Jan Cees led divestment and investment programs to achieve growth and recoveries for portfolio companies and also originated and executed performance and working capital improvement initiatives. Jan Cees enjoys working with entrepreneurs and management teams, combining his broad knowledge with his experiences on financial and operational restructurings to increase efficiency and performance.
Investment / Finance
Max Pijnappel studied Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology. During his study, he had his own agency for technical students, followed an internship at the Boston Consulting Group and graduated at KLM. He then worked in various international roles at Stork Technical Services, amongst which was the integration of two production companies in the UK. After working for the CFO, improving management information and budgeting, he then choose to become a controller to master the technical side of what drives business and determines the value of companies and has been actively involved in various restructuring processes. Max excels in multidisciplinary environments, combining his technical background and finance knowledge and is eager for efficiency improvements.
Investment / Finance
Dirk Deneer graduated from the University of Amsterdam receiving a MSc in Business Economics with a specialisation in Finance. After his study he joined Robert W. Baird’s investment banking team in London. Dirk provided analytical and execution support on European and transatlantic mergers and acquisitions as well as other financial advisory services. Combining his financial background, his valuable M&A experience and his ability to interact at all organisational levels, Dirk works on the full scope of Nimbus’ activities.