Thijs Aarten Succeeds Pier Nabuurs as CEO of KEMA

By Kema International, PRNE
Monday, March 28, 2011

Hans van Haarst Appointed Chief Operating Officer; Jos Huijbregts Becomes Chief Financial Officer

ARNHEM, The Netherlands, March 29, 2011 - Thijs Aarten has been appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of
knowledge-based energy services company KEMA, beginning 1 May 2011. He
succeeds Pier Nabuurs who will be retiring on 30 April 2011. Thijs Aarten has
been a member of the Executive Board since May 2006. In light of the further
growth and internationalization of KEMA, the Executive Board is being
expanded from two to three members. Also from 1 May 2011, Hans van Haarst
will join the Executive Board as chief operating officer. Van Haarst has
worked for AkzoNobel as Managing Director Technology & Engineering. A month
later, on 1 June 2011, Jos Huijbregts will join the Executive Board as chief
financial officer. Huijbregts currently works as chief financial officer at
Infinitas Learning, formerly Wolters Kluwer Education.

Since his appointment in January 2002, Nabuurs (b. 1949) has led the
successful transformation of the KEMA 'national institute' to an
internationally recognized and successful, knowledge-based energy services
company with branches and representation in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Moreover, he has made significant contributions to energy innovation in
general and smart grids in particular. As former chairman of the EU advisory
commission, the European Technology Platform Smart Grids, Nabuurs can be
regarded as a father of the concepts 'smart grids' and 'prosumer'. In the
energy world, 'prosumer' is defined an end-user, or consumer, who produces
his own energy and thus becomes a player in the energy market.

Thijs Aarten (b. 1956) joined KEMA in May 2006 as a member of the
Executive Board. Prior to his appointment, Aarten held various management
positions in Europe and Asia at Royal Dutch Shell, Koninklijke Pakhoed/Vopak
and Shell Global Solutions. Particularly in the past five years, under the
leadership of Nabuurs and Aarten, KEMA has experienced strong international
growth and development. Aarten graduated from Delft University of Technology
in 1980. He is married and has four children.

International experience

Hans van Haarst (b. 1961) has over 25 years' experience in international
management in the chemical and process industry. Prior to joining AkzoNobel,
Van Haarst worked for ExxonMobil and Accenture. Van Haarst also holds various
managerial positions, among others at the Institute for Sustainable Process
Technology (ISPT) and Stichting NAP (Dutch platform for the process industry
chain). Van Haarst graduated in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of

Jos Huijbregts (b. 1964) has over 20 years of international experience in
various financial positions. Before joining Infinitas Learning, he worked for
a number of companies, including Getronics, Christie's International
(Amsterdam, Paris and New York) and Randstad, where his duties included
leading the merger and acquisition program in Europe and Asia. Huijbregts
graduated in Econometrics from the VU University Amsterdam and has completed
the Advanced Management Programs at both INSEAD and Harvard University.

Michiel Boersma, Chairman of KEMA's Supervisory Board:

"The Supervisory Board is grateful for everything that Pier Nabuurs has
done for KEMA and the energy world. Without his efforts and vision, KEMA
would not have been able to achieve its current position. At the same time,
we are pleased with the future collaboration with Thijs Aarten as new
chairman of the Executive Board. We welcome Hans van Haarst and Jos
Huijbregts as new members of the Executive Board. Their appointments position
KEMA perfectly to give further shape to its international growth and

Pier Nabuurs, Chairman of KEMA's Executive Board:

"I have very much enjoyed working with Thijs Aarten. His knowledge and
drive are unrivaled. I expect that under his leadership and that of Hans van
and Jos Huijbregts, ánd with the efforts and expertise of all our
other colleagues, KEMA will continue its successful development. I leave KEMA
with enormous gratitude, and can look back on a fantastic time."

Thijs Aarten, future Chairman of KEMA's Executive Board:

"I am extremely proud to be able to lead KEMA. With all the good work
that Pier Nabuurs has already done, the in-depth energy expertise we have
built up over the years and the experience Hans van Haarst and Jos Huijbregts
bring with them, we have all the ingredients to enable our company to grow
further and to successfully respond to the changes in the global energy

About KEMA

KEMA (, which was founded in 1927, is an independent
knowledge-based company that is active worldwide in the energy value chain,
and is specialized in high-grade service provision in the field of business
and technical consultancy, operational support, measurement & inspections,
and testing & certification. As an independent business, KEMA advises and
supports government bodies as well as producers, suppliers and end-users of
energy, and manufacturers of electricity transmission and distribution
equipment. More than 1,700 professionals work at KEMA, which has branches and
representatives in over 20 countries around the world.

For more information about this press release, contact Rolf van Stenus, KEMA Corporate Press Officer by telephone at +31-26-3-56-2607 or by e-mail at: rolf.vanstenus at

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