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New CFO for Boels

Dutch international rental company Boels has appointed Jan Piet Valk as chief financial officer.

As financial director, Valk will be responsible for the group's overall financial affairs as well as Mergers & Acquisitions, Integration and real estate, he will also be a member of the ‘strategic board’. Since the acquisition of Cramo the group includes more than 7,000 employees across 17 countries. He joins the company from Teleplan, where he has been chief financial officer since 2011. Prior to that he held a similar role with Logica Benelux – now part of CGI.

Valk started out as a photographer but joined the finance department of aviation group Fokker in 1991, moving to EnerTel in 1996 to take up his first role as a chief financial officer. In 1999 he switched to a similar role with Ipulsys as it became Mannesmann Ipulsys.
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Jan Piet Valk

Three years later he took a finance job with the IT division of oil giant Shell, moving up through the group over the next six years or so to the post of general manager finance, global marketing, strategy, distributor markets and Joint Ventures, based in London. He left the business in 2009 for the job at Logica.

Chief executive Pierre Boels said: “The role of CFO is an important position within Boels. With Jan Piet, we have found someone who can help us further professionalise our company. There are several complex issues where Jan Piet with his experience, expertise and mentality will undoubtedly be of great value”.

Valk added: “'I am very pleased and honoured to strengthen the Boels team in this position and to take on this responsibility. Of course, I imagined a different start. The coronavirus keeps me from visiting the different divisions of Boels and my new colleagues in the depots. At the same time, I can utilise my experience straight away to help find solutions to the issues we are currently confronted with. Together with board and the whole team, we are working very hard on this. And that feels good. The external changes we are now facing are extensive and complex. How we deal with them together, as one Boels, will determine how we come out of this. This applies not only to us as a company, but to each and every one of us as individuals.”