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Leadership

Managing Board

Sophie Krishnan

Maarten van Neerven

Grainne van Berkum

David Costa

Ewoud van Gellicum

Brent van Rossem

Sophie Krishnan

Chief Executive Officer CarNext

Sophie Krishnan (French national) is CEO of CarNext and joined in July 2021. She is responsible for the company strategy and scaling the business across Europe, with a dedicated focus on creating an amazing experience for our customers.

She joins CarNext with an extensive experience in accelerating the growth of digital businesses across Europe and the US. Prior to CarNext, she was Chief Operating Officer at WorldRemit, where she was responsible for the business’ P&L, its growth and operations. Before that, she was at Trainline and Expedia where she held executive roles across product, marketing and growth.

She spent the first part of her career in the Bay area, New York and in Europe with Bain & company, a consulting firm and with Investor AB, an investment company. Sophie received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is on the Board of Avanti Acquisition Corp, a SPCA listed on NYSE.

When she is not working with the CarNext team, Sophie enjoys spending time with her two children, running or skiing. She has taken a few sabbaticals during her career to work for a non-profit in Latin America, learn meditation in Nepal and re-architect a house ‘from foundations to roof’.

Maarten van Neerven

Chief Finance Officer CarNext

Maarten van Neerven (Dutch national) is CFO of CarNext. He is responsible for the finance portfolio, establishing the financial reporting for the business and fundraising. Prior to joining CarNext, Maarten held the role of CFO at Bugaboo, leading its due diligence process, which resulted in Bugaboo being acquired by a leading global private investment firm. As CFO he further strengthened its Finance function, supporting a more data-driven decision-making culture. Prior to Bugaboo, he worked for Phillips, first with its Domestic Appliances group, before becoming CFO of Philips Research. Maarten earned a master’s degree in business economics and a post-graduate degree as a certified Controller from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Grainne van Berkum

Chief Operations Officer

Grainne van Berkum (Irish National) joined CarNext as Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for operations across the footprint, B2B, vehicle sourcing strategy and capabilities and global procurement for the group.

In her role as COO, she also oversees the country management teams and the real estate portfolio. Grainne joined CarNext from the LeasePlan group which she joined in 1989 in Ireland and during her tenure held several senior roles, including being responsible for Asset Risk, Remarketing and Procurement. In 2005, she moved to LeasePlan Corporation as Business Development Director and was responsible for the design and implementation of the company’s International B2B auction platform. Grainne holds a Finance & Accounting degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

David Costa

Chief Technology Officer CarNext

David Costa (Portuguese national) joined CarNext in July 2020 in the role of Chief Technology Officer. David is responsible for the CarNext.com marketplace, the data function and capabilities and the technology infrastructure across the business. David joined CarNext from Newmotion where he held the role as Chief Technology Officer and prior to this held various leadership roles in SDL. David holds a PHD in Computer Science, completed at the Dutch National Research Centre and a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Ewoud van Gellicum

General Counsel CarNext

Ewoud van Gellicum (Dutch national) joined CarNext in the role of General Counsel in 2019. In his role, Ewoud is responsible for the legal and regulatory activities across the CarNext footprint. Prior to joining CarNext, he worked for TomTom as Group General Counsel, Atrium European Real Estate Limited a listed organization, Dasym Investment Strategies and Steinhoff International N.V. as Executive Legal Services. Ewoud holds a master’s degree in law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Brent van Rossem

Chief Human Resources Officer CarNext

Brent van Rossem (Dutch national) joined CarNext in 2020 as CHRO and is responsible for the people function. Prior to joining CarNext, Brent has worked for JDE coffee as Global HR Director, G-Star Raw as Global Omnichannel Retail and Mexx. He has focused on change programs, leadership development, cultural programs and people process throughout this career across various industries. Brent holds an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

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