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Navarre’s team members combine their in depth deal expertise with deep market and sector knowledge. People really do make the difference and our sole focus is to maximize shareholder value for our clients.

Maarten van Hemsbergen

Maarten (1962) is the founder and Managing Partner of Navarre Corporate Finance.

Maarten has a MBA degree from Rotterdam Erasmus University. He started his career at ABN AMRO Bank. He switched to the merchant bank MeesPierson, where he gained extensive international experience at the Trade & Commodity Finance Department; dealing with large international clients and bank subsidiaries in the CIS-countries such as Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Next, Maarten changed to Van Lanschot Bank where he co-developed the Merchant banking/Corporate Finance department, which was rewarded several times for its leading role in M&A, Structured Finance and Private Equity.

Maarten founded Navarre after Van Lanschot Bank decided to withdrew from its advisory activities. He continued to be successful in the same business with a small dedicated team of preferred partners and associates, working for a number of long term committed principals. Maarten is amongst others already working on the growth strategy for one of the biggest employers in The Netherlands for over 15 years. Other principals are family owned businesses, family offices and investors. Maarten advised on a large number of transactions in the mid-market (€5-100 million). Maarten was assigned as interim CFO at several projects (e.g. a €200+ million real estate project in Luxembourg, and interim CFO involved in the restructuring of a credit facility of €50+ million).

Maarten is non-executive board member and advisor to a selected number of companies and institutes and interim manager on several strategic projects.

Menno van Rees Vellinga

Menno (1960) gained a Masters in Business Law at Rijksuniversiteit Leiden and started his career with 5 years in retail with Royal Ahold in Zaandam. Later he worked in business development in Central Europe for three years, based in Vienna, Austria, followed by another three years in global trade and business development, based in Rotterdam. After 5 years as a strategy consultant with Boer & Croon in Amsterdam, Menno co-founded LRV Strategy, where he worked as partner for 11 years.  Working as an  independent strategy and restructuring consultant, Menno was nominated ‘Best Restructuring Advisor’ in 2014.

His areas of expertise include Retail, International Trade, Food Ingredients, Private Equity, Pharmaceutical Retail.

He is trilingual in Dutch, German and English and is conversant in French.

Theo de Raad

Theo de Raad (1945) has a broad international experience in the food and non-food retail sector. This was mainly gained through SHV Makro NV (The Netherlands based worldwide cash & carry operator, of which he was the CEO), Metro AG (as a member of the Corporate Executive Board and responsible for the Metro/Makro cash & carry division) and lately Royal Ahold NV (as a member of the Executive Board and responsible for Asia and Latin-America). More specifically, he has a proven record in:

  • Establishing innovative retail operations from scratch
  • Managing a variety of different retail/wholesale concepts
  • Working with joint-ventures in many countries
  • Acquiring, merging and divesting companies
  • Dealing, on a high level, with the full range of strategic decisions to establish, grow, reposition and divest enterprises.

His experience and social skills, paired with an indisputable integrity, were the pillars on which he was able to build a high quality and influential network in the Benelux, as well as internationally. Theo serves on various Supervisory Boards of a wide range of companies, 2 of them are listed. He holds a master degree in Social Sciences from the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Navarre.

Theo Lantinga

Theo Lantinga (1964) has a Master in business economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Theo started his career as (investment )-banker with ABN AMRO Bank and worked 6 years as investment director for ABN AMRO Capital (private equity). Between 1999 and 2005 Theo lead several buy-outs and exits in the Dutch buy- out market in media, entertainment , services and industry. Theo was also involved in several financial restructurings. Theo has an extended knowledge of – and experience with business models and managing and coaching companies in different phases of their life cycle.

In 2005 Theo switched to GEA AG, a listed German industrial conglomerate where he worked as international Business Development Manager and Manager Integration for the Dutch Division. This is where Theo gained his operational experience and knowledge and where he contributed to the development of this Division by acquisitions of technical –( midsized) companies worldwide. Theo was responsible for the integration of these companies in the group . In his latest assignment, he successfully integrated a cluster of 4 companies with a sales turnover of € 150 mio. Since beginning of 2010 he is an independent entrepreneur and active as recovery-interim manager and M & A specialist.

Leon Quaedackers

Leon Quaedackers (1956) has a Masters degree in Law from University Nijmegen. Leon started his career in 1982 at ABN-AMRO Bank where he held several positions in Business/Merchant Banking as well as in Commercial Management. In 1994 he switched to Private Banking at Van Lanschot Bank where he was responsible for creating new business & greenfield operations and held a senior management position as director of Private Banking. In 2003 he started Quaedackers Personal Finance (QPF), providing financial services for family owned businesses as well as for their shareholders and their family offices. Leon joined forces with Navarre on a number of M&A transactions and is currently involved in the restructuring and refinancing of a number of companies and investors. He is the liaison officer for Navarre Belgium & Luxembourg.

Jos Arnoldussen

Jos Arnoldussen (1967) started his career at KPMG in 1992 where he gained audit and consulting experience in the ‘International Practice Group’, auditing and advising mainly multinationals and large industrials. In 1997 he joined Royal Dutch Shell. During his 12 year tenure there, in a number of increasingly senior international business finance positions, he gained experience in performance management, finance transition, program management, strategy execution, portfolio management, organisational design / implementation and a number of turn arounds and restructurings.

In 2009 He started his own consultancy in Change Management, Business Control and Strategic Finance. Currently he is Turn Around (program) Manager for Saab AB in Sweden. Jos holds a Msc degree from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (1992) and a postgraduate degree CA (RA) from the University of Brabant (1996). Next he has participated in a number of executive leadership trainings, a.o. the ‘Corporate Finance in Global Markets’ programme at INSEAD.

Marc Kennis

After graduating from Tilburg University (MSc. Economics), Marc (1970) started his career in equities research. Working for various stockbrokers in The Netherlands, Marc focussed on the sectors technology, industrials, telecom and consumer electronics and serviced institutional investors across Europe, the UK and North America. In addition, Marc led the European Semiconductor research team within the European Securities Network (ESN). Later on, as head of equities research, Marc headed up the research team of Van Lanschot Bank (8 FTE).

After a brief stint in equities sales at Petercam Bank, Marc started his own firm, Knowledge & Co, a research boutique focusing on sector and market research. Core activities included company (pre-IPO) valuations, commissioned research for stock market listed companies, market research for M&A purposes and equity portfolio analyses. Marc has worked together with Navarre CF on many occasions. During the last three years, Marc has built knowledge in the global food industry as senior analyst at Rabobank International’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory team (FAR). Focussing on food processors, consumer behaviour and food retailing / food service, Marc has dealt with food companies, retailers and food service companies across Europe.

From August 2014 onwards, Marc is based in Sydney, Australia where he is expanding his horizon into the AsiaPacific, Australian and New Zealand markets.

Eric Martens

Eric Martens (1962) has an Bsc degree in Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) as well as a Master in Real Estate degree (University of Amsterdam). His career started at KPN (Dutch telecoms) and Berenschot (management consulting), after which he moved to Jones Lang LaSalle in 2001. He has been responsible as a team manager and director for the development of several service lines and business areas, such as advisory and management services as well as corporate markets. He has also acted as client manager for high performing accounts, both at national and European levels. In 2010 he joined the Dutch management board and has been appointed as statury director for Dutch and international JLL holding companies. Next to his business role, he has chaired the Dutch RICS board as well as the non-executive board of an affordable housing fund (not for profit).

In 2014 Eric has switched to the position of independent advisor, in which role he is currently managing a NL property sector initiative to establish a national registry for valuers. Also, he has joined Local, a specialist in property redevelopment, as an advisor and manager to both distressed funds and opportunistic investors as well as an investor in redevelopment opportunities. Eric has an in depth knowledge of the Dutch real estate markets and operators and is widely recognised as a trusted business partner.

Peter van Bommel

Peter van Bommel (1962) studied accountancy at NIVRA/KUB where he gained his CPA title. Peter started of his career at Paardekooper & Hoffman (today: Mazars), followed by a couple of local accountancy firms, where he was involved in the audit of medium sized companies in several types of industries. In 1993 he became controller of ISCO, a medium sized company active in the manufacturing of metal-components. In 2001 he became their CEO after a MBO. Between 2001 and 2008 he led several projects (a.o. restructuring, investing in and divesting of several companies) and transferring the company from The Netherlands to Turkey. Since 2008 he is working as a self-employed interim finance manager in the field of CFO/controller positions, M&A, restructuring and advisor/coach.

Floor Breeman

Floor Breeman (1980) holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Groningen. He started his career as a professional trainee at ABN-Amro Bank N.V. with a primary focus on SME banking in a variety of industries. Floor was involved in various complex real-estate deals. After 3 years Floor made a move towards the shipping industry in Rotterdam where he worked for Stolt-Nielsen S.A., he worked in the chartering division. After being a member of the Non-Executive Board of Vecom Group since 2009, Floor joined Vecom, his family company, in 2012. Vecom Group is a global specialist (125 fte) in the treatment of metal surfaces (Energy; Oil & Gas; Food; Pharma; Maritime). He started at the Maritime division, where he implemented a modern business model. Floor identified various other opportunities within the Group and became Commercial- and Managing Director. He implemented his new vision, business strategy and business-model. He gave over the helm as of 2018. Floor has been involved and active in various International Family Business Networks since 2007. Since 2018 he joined Navarre as industry expert.
His areas of expertise include: Industrial; Maritime; International business; family business; Real Estate
Floor is trilingual in Dutch, German and English and is conversant in Spanish.