31 December 2013
This January three new people will join the SparkOptimus team: Bart Kaskes and Hidde van Maanen start as new Associates and FranÃ§ois van Beek becomes our new Operational Director.
Bart has always been fascinated by digital innovations, technological development, and entrepreneurship. At a very young age he started a business in web and ICT services, resulting in over 10 yearsâ€™ experience in web development. Bart managed to combine this with studying obtaining a MSc. from Delft University of Technology in Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technology.
Hidde van Manen holds a masterâ€™s degree in Information Science from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He has recently joined SparkOptimus as a (Junior) Associate after concluding his study with research on agile software development at two Dutch multinationals. Hidde has a passion for problem solving at the intersection of business, IT and organization and therefore SparkOptimus is a perfect match.
With over 20 years of experience in various management roles working in London, Miami and Zurich, FranÃ§ois now joins SparkOptimus as Director of Operations. He started his career in finance and accounting and has previously worked as an Operational Director for an international law firm 11 years.