New management board for Parkmobile Group
19 October '17
Following Marc de Vries taking over the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Marius Koerselman, the rest of the new management team for Parkmobile Group has been announced. Peter Buchenrieder moves from Chief Operations Officer (COO) to replace Harry Clarke as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), while Jules Blijde takes the vacant role of COO. Roald van Dijk remains as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Both Marius Koerselman and Harry Clarke have stepped down by mutual consent after many years helping to shape the parking industry in Europe.
Over the last 14 years under the leadership of Marius Koerselman the Parkmobile Group has become the market leader in cashless parking in the Netherlands and United Kingdom. Marius also oversaw the successful launch of the ParkNow brand in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. Harry Clarke has been an instrumental part of the Group’s success, being the original founder of our successful UK brand (RingGo) as well as playing a vital role in our European expansion and the development of the parking industry as a whole.
Marc de Vries, the new CEO who joined Parkmobile in September 2017, comments, “I would like to thank both Marius Koerselman and Harry Clarke for essentially building from scratch the companies that form the Parkmobile Group in Europe today. Their hard work, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship have firmly established mobile phone parking in the hearts and minds of drivers in seven countries. The Group owes its leading position in the market to them.”
Marc continues, “It’s now the responsibility of myself and the new team to build on Marius’ and Harry’s work, driving our company forward in tandem with our 100% shareholder BMW. The future is exciting and there are numerous opportunities to leverage our parking technology to improve drivers’ journeys, for example integration into the ‘connected car’. I am confident that our new management team and experienced colleagues will continue the Group’s success story as a leading digital parking provider. We are shaping the future of parking and urban mobility.”
Peter Buchenrieder has changed role from COO to CCO. Since joining the Group, Peter has reorganised the Operations department and has successfully overseen several internal projects. He brings strong experience in international sales positions at BMW to his new Commercial portfolio. Jules Blijde is taking the vacant role of COO. He has an extensive background in operations management and mobility, including managing large IT development projects. For the last few years, Jules has been working in different international management functions for ING Car Lease, Alphabet International and BMW Financial Services. There will be no change in the role of CFO covered by Roald van Dijk.
The new management board operates from the Group’s Head Office in Amsterdam.
The Country Managers and primary contacts are:
- France & Switzerland: Olivier Koch
- Germany & Austria: Florian Schlieper
- The Netherlands & Belgium: Tomas Novak
- The United Kingdom: Peter O’Driscoll
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