Board & Directors
- Business Development Strategy
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- IT Strategy Development
Piet Middelkoop has been Van Ameyde’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2006. He joined Van Ameyde as Member of the Board and Managing Director of Van Ameyde UK in 2005. Piet Middelkoop is the engineer of Van Ameyde’s IT driven strategy which has facilitated the company’s spectacular growth over the past ten+ years. In his capacity as Chairman of the Board, Piet Middelkoop is responsible for Business Development strategy, IT strategy and development and mergers & acquisitions.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Public Administration of the University of Leiden, Piet held various senior roles during his career, including Managing Director (and co-founder) of KPMG FlexSourcing, Senior Manager at KPMG Management Services and Sector Manager Healthcare & Social Welfare at Cadans. In addition, Piet has been a non-executive Director of a mutual insurance company since 2014.
- Risk Compliance
- Internal Audit
- Human Resources
Since 2008, Carl Berends has held the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Van Ameyde International. Since Carl joined Van Ameyde three years earlier as Director Finance & Staff, the company has grown spectacularly, from an annual turnover of some 50m to over 125m euros.
In his capacity as a member of the board, Carl Berends’ responsibilities comprise Finance, Risk & Compliance, Internal Audit and Human Resources. The respective department managers and directors report to him.
Before joining Van Ameyde, Carl held various roles at KPMG Management Services, including Senior Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration of Windesheim Academy Zwolle.
Pieter den Dikken
- Marine & Industry surveying business
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Property & Casualty market
- Valuation of Assets market
In his capacity as a Member of the Board of Directors of Van Ameyde, Pieter den Dikken is responsible for the Property & Casualty division, the subsidiaries of which specialise in complex and commercial losses. After a 12-year tenure, Pieter den Dikken stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Van Ameyde in 2006, but stayed on as a Board Member to strengthen the then newly formed Board in this particular area of expertise.
Having read Civil Engineering at Rotterdam Polytechnic (university of applied sciences), Pieter den Dikken embarked on an international career in structural and civil engineering and subsequently found his niche in the loss adjusting sector. His former roles include Managing Director of Thomas Howell Nederland, Deputy Managing Director of Thomas Howell Europe and International Executive Loss Adjuster of Cigna Insurance Company.
As Chief Operating Officer Jan-Michiel Cillessen is responsible for all the operational aspects of Van Ameyde, with a main focus on claims management. To respond to Van Ameyde’s growth, diversification and market requirements, ensuring operational agility by means of excellent operations management is Jan-Michiel Cillessen’s primary objective.
Beside operations management and strategy development, Jan-Michiel Cillessen is responsible for the implementation of large and complex international contracts for insurers and risk managers, as well as the coordination of related IT development and implementation.
Trained in Information Management & Technology at Tilburg University, Supply Chain Management (IMD) and Finance (INSEAD), Jan-Michiel Cillessen’s previous roles include Managing Director Property & Casualty SME and Director Customer Services Non-Life at Nationale-Nederlanden, as well as some supervisory positions.
Willem van der Hooft
- Business Development
- Mergers and Acquisition
- Management of Sales Organisation
As Business Development Director of Van Ameyde, Willem van der Hooft is responsible for business & product development, marketing and the management of the company’s sales organisation. His key focus is developing products and services based on customers’ needs.
This customer focus has resulted in the development of claims-related IT functionality such as ValueChecker and the incorporation of companies such as Van Ameyde Interim Professionals – meeting temporary staffing needs of insurance claims departments – of which he has been Director since 2009.
Trained in business administration and business logistics, Willem van der Hooft’s previous roles include Commercial Director at Van Ameyde Benelux, Interim Manager at Yacht and Transatlantic Market Developer for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, for which he was based in Vancouver, Canada.
- International Financial Operations
- Management of Group Finance Organisation
Bringing with him 16 years of finance experience, Martien Ariaans joined Van Ameyde in 2015, taking on the role of Finance Director. Martien leads the Finance department for the Van Ameyde group, focusing primarily on (financial) reporting, process enhancement and cash management.
Holding a master’s degree in Accounting & Auditing from Nyenrode University, Martien has an extensive background in Accounting & Auditing. Previous positions held by Martien include audit manager at Deloitte and various international financial positions in the services industry and manufacturing. Martien has lived in The Netherlands and Curaçao and worked in various countries around the globe.
- International risk management en compliance
- Risk reporting & monitoring
- Risk strategy & appetite
In his role of Risk & Compliance Director of Van Ameyde, Pascal Dijkens is responsible for corporate risk management within all the European entities of Van Ameyde. His second area of responsibility is the company’s compliance with domestic and international legislation and regulations. Pascal Dijkens’ wide experience in the insurance industry and risk management in particular, help him take risk management at Van Ameyde to the next level.
The risk management department led by Pascal Dijkens is involved in a wide range of risk-related activities, including risk management policies, internal auditing, information risk management and fraud to business continuity.
Trained in business administration (MBA) and international management at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Pascal Dijkens’ previous roles include Head Operational Risk Management at Nationale-Nederlanden Non-life, Manager Internal Control at Nationale-Nederlanden Life, as well as Team Manager Corporate Pension/Financial Services and Team Manager Corporate Clients.
- Operational Performance & Quality
- Complaints Handling Procedure
Michiel Kroeskamp joined Van Ameyde in 2010, bringing with him more than 17 years of experience in the (business) service industry. Michiel leads the Operations department for the group, primarily focusing on performance optimisation and the implementation of large international portfolios.
Michiel has a background in hotel management, as a managing consultant with KPMG and as an entrepreneur. He has lived and worked in Curaçao, Switzerland, Hungary, the UK and The Netherlands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from Hotelschool The Hague.