• Marc Cloosterman

    CEO

    Marc Cloosterman

    As an experienced and passionate brand expert, Marc helped VIM Group develop the discipline of brand implementation and become a fully-fledged business in the communication sector.

    During his decades of experience, he has personally advised and worked with an extensive list of leading brands, including Airbus Group, IKEA, DHL, TUI Travel, Deutsche Telekom, Skoda and ING Group.

    His list of professional achievements includes founding the European Association of Communication Directors’ Brand Management working group and has been a member of judging panels of various international brand awards.

    Marc speaks three languages (Dutch, English and German) and regularly gives talks to practitioners and academics. He has also written extensively about brand implementation.

  • Laurens Hoekstra

    CSO

    Laurens Hoekstra

    Laurens is an accomplished expert in the field of brand management and implementation, with more than 15 years’ experience in the brand business. He has worked with big leading companies such as British Gas, ING Group, SkyTeam, JDE, Belfius and KPN and he regularly takes on an active role as part of client steering committees.

    He also gives lectures about brand management and implementation on a regular basis and founded the brand management course in the Netherlands. He loves to share his knowledge of brand implementation with the rest of the world.

    Alongside his work for the VIM Group, Laurens is also director of the Amstelclub, advisory board member of the Big Improvement Day (BIG) and ambassador of the Ubuntu Talent Organisation.

  • Jo Davies

    Managing Director, London

    Jo Davies

    With over 25 years of industry experience, Jo is an expert on all things brand-related.

    She has extensive knowledge of brand strategy, brand governance, design and marketing along with a considerable understanding of how to implement brand change with applied expertise across all brand touch points.

    Jo has in-depth technical, operational and commercial skills and has worked alongside an impressive array of clients, including GE, Aston Martin, Natwest, Accenture, GfK, Tesco and Honda.

  • Roz Bacon

    Project Director

    Roz Bacon

    Roz has 20 years’ experience working in marketing services, with a broad spectrum of expertise covering; branding, marketing communications, strategy, creative and workflow management.

    This experience covers both client-side and agency, which enables her to offer a strategic view on how to manage extensive brand roll-outs.

    Roz understands the industry and more importantly her clients, offering both unique insight and outstanding project results.
    Clients include: GSK, Wrigley, Heineken, Vodafone, Universal Pictures, Disney, Shazam, Adidas, EA Games, 20th Century Fox, Renault and more.

  • Wendy Bolhuis

    Senior Consultant

    Wendy Bolhuis

    Wendy has over 10 years experience in the brand management domain. With her background in corporate communication, marketing communication, media psychology and industrial design she has a broad knowledge of branding and related disciplines.

    Her expertise in brand strategy, brand design and brand evaluation, and her quality to translate complex issues into comprehensive and implementable solutions, allows her to bring brands to the next level.

    With her years of employment as a teacher and researcher with the university, and the development of brand management services she helped the brand management domain moving forward.
    Wendy has worked for a diverse range of organisations, such as banks, telecommunication companies, healthcare organisations, governments and retailers.

  • Cristina Calvo

    Senior Project Manager

    Cristina Calvo

    Cristina has over 20 years of experience working in the Design and Brand industry, fulfilling a broad variety of roles in her career, from design and production to programme management.

    Having driven 2D and 3D programmes, Cristina has experience with both physical and digital brand touch points. Also Cristina’s background working for a multinational retailer helper her build leadership and stakeholder management skills.

    Working alongside very talented and inspiring brand experts and strategists that helped her to further build her knowledge around the customer journey and brand experience.
    Clients include Exxon, McDonalds, Harley-Davidson, Dewalt, Natwest, RBS, Mercedes-Benz and Christian Aid.

  • Jort Mentink

    Senior Project Manager

    Jort Mentink

    Jort’s attention to detail and extensive knowledge across all brand touch points, including a specialism in digital spaces have benefitted clients in both the UK and international markets.

    For over ten years Jort has successfully filled many roles in the fields of brand management, brand implementation, marketing and corporate communication.

    Some of his clients include Heineken, IKEA, Toyota, Lexus, Suzuki, Skyteam, Airbus Group, Julius Baer bank, Deutsche Telekom, bpost, ING, KPN, Rabobank and many more.

  • Niels Beernink

    Senior Digital Consultant

    Niels Beernink

    Niels is a new age marketer who aims to make the most of marketing technology and data to align branding, marketing and sales initiatives.

    He aims to empower people to collaborate and connect with technology and use the power of the brand for optimal commercial results. Niels leads the Brand Technology team in the Netherlands.

    His broad experience of Marketing and Sales disciplines allows him to oversee and deliver valuable insights and advice on improvement. He has delivered marketing (technology) projects for organisations such as UNIT4, Intertrust, Booking.com, AkzoNobel, Raet and Heineken International.

  • Jos Rake

    Project Director

    Jos Rake

    Jos is an experienced project director in rebranding operations at VIM Group.

    His main areas of expertise are conducting impact analysis and managing brand transitions. He has the ability to transform complex operations into digestible and manageable projects or programmes.

    Jos has been responsible for more than 30 rebranding projects, mostly in the energy and financial sectors, of which the majority were internationally orientated.

    He has worked for companies such Heineken, Menzis, Nuon, Essent, Nutreco, USG People, Belfius, Nationale-Nederlanden and ING.

  • Tammo Westra

    Senior Project Manager

    Tammo Westra

    Tammo has a background in Industrial Design (textiles, interior and architecture) and over 25 years’ experience with brand and brand related applications.

    His years of experience supporting all manner of clients and being imbedded in all their various company cultures has given him the opportunity to develop a range of tools allowing him to be able to work on every level from strategic to operational.

    Tammo has supported brand changes and improvements on a variety of clients such as Alcatel-Lucent, Argos, BAT, DHL EMN, ISS, SCA, Randstad, SKODA, Toyota/Lexus, ING Group, RBS and Petrom.

  • Garfield Johns

    Project Manager

    Garfield Johns

    Garfield brings eighteen years of brand management, brand implementation and project management experience to your work. He is well-placed to advise on the latest 2D innovations and print management solutions.

    He understands the importance of brand performance to the bottom line, and can offer an all-round perspective on the best solution to fit your business needs. He enjoys strategic challenges and is similarly adept at managing the crucial day-to-day project delivery.

    Clients include: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, J.P. Morgan, COI, Department of Health, Food Standards Agency, Royal Air Force, Visit London, CABE, The Pensions Regulator, Breast Cancer Now!, Olympic Delivery Authority, Sport England, and the Home Office.

  • Cat Wise

    Business Development Executive

    Cat Wise

    After graduating with a first class graphic design and advertising degree, Cat joined VIM Group, bringing with her, her academic skills and fresh thinking.

    Having a personal passion for all things design, and having lived and worked on both sides of the pond, Cat understands the need for brands to explore cultural flexibility. Her experience with marketing, print and communications gives her insight into what brands need to succeed.

    Cat supports the new business and marketing functions at VIM as well as playing an active role in client projects delivering implementation.