A Graduate in Economics from the Netherlands, Jaap started his career initially in ING, later joined Hotelplan and then the European full service HR organization Start People for over ten years. His main areas of expertise have been business development and general management having managed businesses in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Romania and the Netherlands. Jaap has extensive experience in commercial negotiations, start ups of new companies in various countries with both private and (semi) public sectors. In 2003, he took over the Italian executive search firm Kilpatrick ™ and built up the business regionally to become a leading player in the international searches for both Italian clients abroad and Multinationals trying to define key players in Italy. Since than Jaap and his team continued their aggressive and successful development of the business. Today Kilpatrick ™ counts 16 international hubs and serve their clients in 40+ countries. Jaap’s specialty is to manage the cultural differences aiming at the best possible return on investment for both company and executive. His commitment to excellence, combined with extensive in depth industry knowledge, has been the driving force behind Kilpatrick’s development. Since 2013 Jaap is the Global CEO of the Kilpatrick Group SA to whom belong the following companies: Kilpatrick Executive Search ™, Kilpatrick Solutions, ADK International and Gemini Executive Search ™ and employs 70+ professionals in the Americas, Middle East, Asia and Europe.