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Leadership

Managing Board

Maarten van Neerven

Grainne van Berkum

David Costa

Ewoud van Gellicum

Brent van Rossem

Erik-Jan Gelink

Maarten van Neerven

Chief Finance Officer and Managing Director CarNext

Maarten van Neerven (1978, Dutch national) is CFO and Managing Director or CarNext. He is responsible for company strategy, the finance portfolio and transformation programs. 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 (1970, 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 (1978, 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 (1968, 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 (1972 a 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.

Erik-Jan Gelink

Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer CarNext

Erik-Jan Gelink (1967, Dutch national) joined CarNext in 2021 as Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer. In his role, he is responsible for all activities relating to CarNext’s omi-channel strategy, sales, product, marketing and brand. Prior to joining CarNext, Erik-Jan held the role of Chief Commercial Officer at Transavia Airlines and was responsible for its digital transformation, which lead to significant revenue growth. Throughout his career, he held several senior commercial management positions in telecom & media, and lead strategy consulting teams at top-tier firms. Erik-Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nyenrode University Breukelen and a master’s degree in business economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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